Elderly pot couple arrested again

Elias Hubbard
January 12, 2018

An elderly California couple arrested last month with 60 pounds of marijuana that they said was meant for use as Christmas gifts were arrested again Tuesday on suspicion of possessing drug money. Authorities told the York News-Times they found almost 60 pounds of marijuana, worth an estimated $336,000, after making a traffic stop December 19 on Interstate 80 near Bradshaw.

Lt. Paul Vrbka with the York County Sheriff's Department said Tuesday morning that his agency was informed that Patrick Jiron, 80, and Barbara Jiron, 70, were taken into custody during a traffic stop in Lancaster County.

Authorities say, this time, it's on suspicion of carrying drug money.

Lancaster County sheriff's deputies stopped the couple's westbound pickup truck, saying it was following another vehicle too closely, said Sheriff's Sgt. Jason Mayo.

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.

Deputies reportedly found most of the $18,000 they confiscated - it smelled strongly of marijuana, Mayo said - in a duffel bag in the cargo area.

Deputies reported smelling "the odor of raw marijuana coming from the vehicle", reported.

The couple signed an abandonment form stating they don't claim the money as their own, Mayo said.

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.

The couple now faces multiple violations of California law related to marijuana cultivation and transportation, the Sheriff's Office said. This time a female family member identified as Mariah Jiron was driving the vehicle.

They were released on bond and are due to appear in court. At the time, they told police they were on their way to Vermont to distribute the drugs to friends and family as Christmas presents.

In that incident, the prosecutor's parents were charged with possession of marijuana with intent to deliver and no drug tax stamp.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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