Elderly Couple Arrested With $336K of Pot, Claims it Was Christmas Gifts

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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.

Vrbka said the Jirons told authorities "they didn't know it was illegal to transport marijuana in Nebraska".

A couple in their 80s was arrested in Nebraska on Tuesday for allegedly transporting 60 pounds of marijuana, worth several hundred thousand dollars, which they told the police they meant to give away as Christmas presents.

The sheriff's deputies told the York News-Times that they pulled over a pickup when it drove over the center line and the driver failed to signal.

That's when police found 60 pounds of marijuana in their vehicle, along with several containers of concentrated THC.

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Patrick was arrested and booked into the York County Jail.

According to a report from NPR, they were heading to Boston and Vermont.

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.

"They said the marijuana was for Christmas presents", Lt. Paul Vrbka told the York News-Times. They were cited on charges of possession of marijuana with the intent to deliver and for not having a drug tax stamp. While multiple states have legalized marijuana, Nebraska has not.

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

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