Elderly couple told cops 60 pounds of marijuana was for 'Christmas presents'
- Author: Megan Austin Dec 23, 2017,
Dec 23, 2017, 0:52
She was not jailed, however, because of medical issues, the York County Sheriff's Office said.
Imagine being pulled over by police, and having your Christmas presents taken away.
"They said the marijuana was for Christmas presents", Lt. Paul Vrbka of the York County Sheriff's Department said. When they pulled the vehicle over, deputies smelled a pungent odor of marijuana, NPR said.
Mr. and Mrs. Jiron told the police they were traveling from their home state of California to Vermont, with a planned pit stop in Boston, and meant to distribute the drugs to family and friends as Christmas gifts. The police found 60 lbs. of marijuana as well as containers of concentrated THC, the chemical in marijuana that gets people high.
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Authorities estimated that the marijuana was worth about $336,000.
Christmas may be a little less mellow for a few households this year as a California duo was arrested in Nebraska and charged with felony drug possession. No set court date for the Jirons has yet been reported. And while the Jirons' home state of California has legalized marijuana for adult recreational use beginning January 1, 2018, the couples' load of "Christmas presents" would still have gotten them into trouble had they been pulled over there.
When asked about the Jirons' custody status by the Washington Post, authorities simply replied, "they're not here". In Vermont, possession of up to an ounce is allowed without penalty.