Elderly Couple Claims 60 Pounds of Marijuana Found in Their Car Was for Christmas Gifts: Cops

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An elderly couple pulled over in Nebraska reportedly told cops that the massive stash of drugs allegedly found in their truck was meant to be Christmas presents.

However, police say 80-year-old Patrick Jiron and his 83-year-old wife Barbara Jiron won't be filling stockings with holiday cheer this year.

It all started when deputies observed a 2016 Toyota Tacoma failing to signal a turn and driving left of the center line and conducted a traffic stop, according to the York County Sheriff's Office.

Authorities said the officers detected the odor of raw marijuana coming from the vehicle and, when asked about the smell, Patrick Jiron allegedly admitted to having contraband.

They conducted a search, and inside the truck's topper, found approximately 60 pounds of marijuana with an estimated street value of more than $300,000.

Cops allege there were multiple containers of concentrated THC in the truck.

Police say the couple said they were traveling from Clearlake Oaks, Calif., making stops in Boston and Vermont to distribute the marijuana to family and friends as Christmas gifts.

Patrick Jiron was charged with possession of marijuana with the intent to deliver and no drug stamp — all felonies — while his wife received a citation.

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