Elderly couple arrested in Nebraska with over 60 pounds of marijuana


The York County Sheriff's Department stopped the couple's Toyota Tacoma on the interstate on Tuesday after the driver shifted over the centerline while failing to signal. So did Dundee, the county's canine unit, who was pulled in to see if there was evidence for a probable cause search, since the marijuana wasn't immediately visible, according to the York News-Times. Police immediately noticed the "strong odor of raw marijuana", the York News Times reports, and promptly found 60 (!) pounds and $336,000-worth ($336,000!) of pot in the auto.

That's when police found 60 pounds of marijuana in their vehicle, along with several containers of concentrated THC. Barbara Jiron, 83, was also cited but not jailed "due to some medical issues", York County Sheriff Lt. Paul Vrbka told the newspaper.

The Jirons are from California and told authorities they were driving to Vermont.

The marijuana was seized and it is estimated that the street value is $336,000, according to Sgt. Vrbka.

The two now face felony charges of possession of marijuana with intent to deliver. No set court date for the Jirons has yet been reported. The state, like many in the US, has not decriminalized marijuana for either medical or recreational use. On July 1, Nevada joined seven other states allowing recreational marijuana use and became the first of four states that voted to legalize recreational sales in November's election to allow dispensaries to sell cannabis for recreational use to anyone over 21.