Christmas gift pot couple arrested again

Barbara and Patrick Jiron                        AP

Barbara and Patrick Jiron AP

They were found with $300,000 worth of marijuana in their vehicle and told police they were driving from California and planned to distribute the drugs as gifts to relatives in Vermont and Boston.

While executing a search warrant Tuesday at the property of Patrick Jiron, 80, and his wife Barbara Jiron, 70, narcotics detectives located a 75-plant harvested grow site and 160 pounds of loose and packaged processed marijuana, according to the Lake County Sheriff's Office.

Both are accused of possession of drug money in connection with a stop on Interstate 80 west of Lincoln on Tuesday.

Sergeant Jason Mayo said after making contact with the couple, the deputy believed the two may be involved in criminal activity.

Burlington Free Press later linked the couple to Chittenden County Chief Deputy State's Attorney Justin Jiron, who the paper said is their son.

A drug-detection dog indicated it smelled drugs in the truck, so deputies searched the vehicle and found most of the money in a duffel bag in the cargo area, the report said. Wagner said no drugs were found in the vehicle.

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. This time a female family member identified as Mariah Jiron was driving the vehicle.

York County Sheriff's Lt. Paul Vrbka told the News-Times that Barbara Jiron was cited but was not jailed at that time "due to some medical issues". They reportedly told police they were on their way to Vermont with the goal of distributing the drugs as Christmas gifts and they didn't know it was illegal to transport marijuana through the state.

They were out on bond and expected in York County Court at separate hearings in the original case Wednesday and next week, according to court records.

Patrick Jiron was also arrested for a second time.

The Jirons are facing felony charges of possession of marijuana with the intent to deliver and no drug tax stamp, as Nebraska requires marijuana dealers to purchase a drug tax stamp from its Department of Revenue as evidence that the state's drug tax has been paid.

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