Sixty pounds of marijuana seized

Sixty pounds of marijuana seized

An elderly couple had an interesting excuse for the sixty pounds of marijuana police found in their vehicle.

York County sheriff's deputies said they found 60 pounds of marijuana inside the Jirons' vehicle. They were pulled over earlier this week for crossing the center line without signaling. According to reports, deputies became suspicious and called a canine unit to the scene when they smelled a strong odor of fresh marijuana as coming from the Toyota Tacoma.

Photo provided by the York County, Nebraska sheriff's department shows the marijuana recovered from a truck driven by Patrick and Barbara Jiron of Clearlake Oaks, California, during a traffic stop. Barbara was not arrested, but Patrick was. The elderly couple were driving from northern California to Boston and Vermont when they were stopped by the Nebraska sheriff's department. After Dundee alerted police there may be a controlled substance present, cops found boxes of weed stored in the truck's covered bed, as well as "multiple containers of concentrated THC". They were charged with possession to deliver and no drug tax stamp.

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The couple is said to have told the local sheriff's department that "they didn't know it was illegal to transport marijuana in Nebraska". The truck reeked of raw marijuana, an officer said.

Police say the marijuana had an estimated street value of over $300,000.

According to The Washington Post, marijuana is not legal in the state of Nebraska.