York County, Nebraska — They say it doesn’t matter what the gift is when it comes to holiday gift giving, that it’s the giving that counts. That is of course unless your gift happens to be 60 pounds of weed — and you happen to be driving down the highway — and the Sheriff’s deputies don’t pull you over and ‘unwrap’ your holiday gift (in the trunk) first.
That might put a small damper on your holiday gift giving spirit.
That’s about exactly what happened to one elderly couple recently, as Sheriff’s deputies in York County, Nebraska pulled over their pickup truck this past Tuesday.
Patrick Jiron, 80, and Barbara Jiron, 83, said they were from northern California and were en route to Boston and Vermont when their truck was pulled over. The Jiron’s were pulled over after officers noticed their vehicle driving over the center line and the driver failing to signal.
During the traffic stop, deputies noticed a strong smell of raw marijuana, the sheriff’s department says.
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The report says that Deputies asked driver Patrick Jiron about the odor and that he admitted to having contraband in the truck. The report states Patrick consented to a search of the vehicle.
With the help of the county’s canine unit, deputies searched the Toyota Tacoma. When they looked under the pickup topper, deputies found 60 pounds of marijuana, as well as multiple containers of concentrated THC.
“They said the marijuana was for Christmas presents,” Lt. Paul Vrbka told the York News-Times. The department estimated the street value of the pot at over $3oo,000.
The Jirons now face felony charges of possession of marijuana with the intent to deliver and no drug tax stamp. (Nebraska law requires marijuana dealers to purchase drug tax stamp from its Department of Revenue as evidence that the state’s drug tax has been paid.)
For the friends and family in New England who expected a bag of weed in their stocking this year, it looks like it won’t be a green Christmas, after all.