Elderly couple busted with $336,000 of pot in their pickup. They said it was for Christmas presents.

Elderly couple busted with $336,000 of pot in their pickup. They said it was for Christmas presents.
An elderly couple got busted after a traffic stop in Nebraska after sheriff's deputies discovered the couple had bags marijuana in their pickup truck — $336,000 worth of it. (Image source: York County Sheriff's Department)

Grandma got pulled over by a sheriff / Driving a jalopy full of weed…

It all started Tuesday in Nebraska when York County Sheriff’s deputies allegedly spotted a Toyota Tacoma on Interstate 80 drifting over the center line and failing to signal, the York News Times reported.

But after deputies pulled over 80-year-old Patrick Jiron and his 70-year-old wife Barbara, they immediately smelled a strong odor of raw marijuana, Lt. Paul Vrbka told the paper.

Enter Dundee, the county’s drug dog

The canine confirmed something might be rotten in York County — and a search was on, the paper said.

But the Jirons quickly ‘fessed up: There was marijuana in the back of their pickup under a topper, Vrbka told the News Times.

When, what to the deputies’ wondering eyes should appear but bags and bags of marijuana — 60 pounds of the green stuff, the paper said.

And that ain’t all.

It was high-grade ganja.

Street value? $336,000, the News Times reported.

So where were the Jirons headed with all that pot?

The couple told investigators they were traveling from California to Vermont where they intended to give away the marijuana as Christmas presents, Vrbka told the paper.

Vrbka added to the News Times that the Jirons also said they “didn’t know it was illegal to transport marijuana in Nebraska.” (Um, note to self…)

What happened to the Jirons?

  • Patrick Jiron was booked into jail on charges of possession of marijuana with the intent to deliver and having no drug tax stamp, the paper reported.

  • He’s since posted 10 percent of his $100,000 bond and has been released, the News Times reproted. Both charges are felonies, the paper added.
  • Barbara Jiron was cited but not jailed “due to some medical issues,” Vrbka told the News Times.

And alas, those who entertained visions of high-quality cannabis dancing in their heads will surely be a little bluer this Christmas.