Elderly couple busted with 60 pounds of marijuana in pickup

Marijuana plants for sale are displayed at the medical marijuana farmers market at the California Heritage Market in Los Angeles, California July 11, 2014. REUTERS/David McNew

YORK, Neb. — A couple in their 80s were jailed Thursday after sheriff’s deputies found 60 pounds of marijuana in their vehicle.

Patrick Jiron, 80, and his wife, Barbara Jiron, 83, were stopped by York County Sheriff’s deputies for failing to signal and crossing the center line. 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.

Deputies found the high-grade marijuana packed in boxes under the pickup topper.

The couple, of Clearlake Oaks, California, told police they were transporting the marijuana to Vermont. They were charged with possession to deliver and no drug tax stamp. The drugs were valued at approximately $336,000.

In California, it is legal to possess up to 28 1/2  grams of marijuana for recreational use. A state license is required to sell it. In Vermont, possession of up to an ounce is allowed without penalty. Nebraska punishes possession of up to one ounce with a $300 citation but the sale of any amount is a felony. R.

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