Elderly California Couple With Marijuana Christmas Presents Again Arrested In Nebraska

Patrick Jiron

Patrick Jiron

It should be noted that Barbara Jiron's first court appearance in York County Court is scheduled for today (Wednesday, Jan. 10) at 2 p.m.

County Judge John Freudenberg ordered Barbara Jiron to return to court on February 1 on the drug money charge after appointing an attorney for her.

Deputies arrested Patrick Jiron, 80, and his wife, Barbara Jiron, 70, after they were stopped while riding in a pickup truck that was stopped for driving too closely to another vehicle in Lancaster County, the Omaha World-Herald reported.

After court, Lincoln attorney John Berry, who represents Patrick Jiron in both cases, said he didn't know enough yet about the Lancaster County stop to comment further on it or how Jiron will plead.

Detectives believe the Jirons are traveling back to California after posting bail in Nebraska in an incident this week where they were allegedly found with $18,000 in cash, raw marijuana and evidence of sales.

The York County Sheriff's Office said the estimated value of the marijuana found in boxes inside the pickup's truck topper was $336,000. A K-9 officer detected the odor of narcotics on the vehicle and the search found about $17,000 in one duffel bag, which contained the marijuana residue. Their daughter, who lives in Vermont, was given a warning, local media reported.

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At that time, the couple was driving on I-80 about 50 miles west of Lincoln in York County, Neb.

The Jirons told police they were unaware it was illegal to transport marijuana through Nebraska and they were planning to give the drug as Christmas presents.

Barbara and Patrick Jiron were cited and lodged in the Lancaster County Jail for possession of money while violating Statute 28-416.17.

In an earlier incident, the Jirons were arrested on December 19 with 60 pounds of assorted marijuana goods with a street value of over $300,000 police said.

Wednesday in court the Jirons of California heard new charges after their Tuesday morning arrest. The couple has pending charges for possessing marijuana with the intent to deliver.

The couple's son, JustinJjiron, is a criminal prosecutor in the state of Vermont.

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