Elderly pot couple arrested again

Patrick Jiron

Patrick Jiron

"From what we were told, the vehicle smelled like marijuana, and Lancaster County officers allegedly found a large amount of suspected drug buy money with a value of approximately $16,000". They were arrested last month along the same roadway - in the same vehicle - just two counties west.

Patrick Jiron, 80, and his wife, Barbara, 70, are out on bond and appeared in court on Wednesday for hearing in regard to allegedly possessing $18,000 worth of drug money. The deputy asked the driver, 42-year-old Mariah Jiron, to sit in his cruiser, the report said.

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

The sheriff's deputy wrote that an unspecified "reasonable, articulable suspicion was obtained that criminal activity was afoot".

Sheriff Terry Wagner said the couple was found in a vehicle with $18,000 cash and a duffel bag with marijuana residue on it.

Deputies also found an oversized garbage bag in the back of the truck that contained raw marijuana residue, and notes that suggested pot sales transactions, according to the police report.

Justin Jiron's boss told the paper that there is no connection between the Nebraska bust and her employee.

The couple told York County sheriff's officials that they planned to make stops in Boston and Vermont to distribute the marijuana to family and friends as Christmas gifts.

The Jirons, both of Clearlake Oaks, California, declined to comment Wednesday afternoon before a brief appearance in Lancaster County Court. The couple signed what's known as an abandonment form stating they do not claim the money as their own, he said. The two allegedly told police they were headed for Vermont and meant to give the drugs as Christmas presents.

Patrick Jiron was placed in York County Jail, while Barbara's processing was delayed due to a medical issue, Fox News reported.

The couple are scheduled to appear in York County Court on January 17.

Stemming from the December incident, as NPR's Laurel Wamsley reported, the Jirons are facing "felony charges of possession of marijuana with the intent to deliver and no drug tax stamp".

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