An elderly California couple's cross-country trip to deliver Christmas presents to their family was cut short by a traffic stop in Nebraska, where deputies discovered the gifts they meant to deliver was more than 60 pounds of marijuana. Canine units were called and deputies found 60 pounds of high-grade marijuana.
The couple is said to have told the local sheriff's department that "they didn't know it was illegal to transport marijuana in Nebraska".
Traveling from California to Vermont to deliver the holiday herb, Patrick Jiron was pulled over by York County sheriff's deputies on Interstate 80 after reportedly failing to signal and driving over the center line. She was not jailed, however, because of medical issues, the York County Sheriff's Office said.
Authorities estimated that the marijuana was worth about $336,000. Both charges are felonies; possession of more than one pound in Nebraska is "punishable by a maximum sentence of [five] years imprisonment and a maximum fine of $10,000", according to NORML.
After deputies pulled the Jirons over, they smelled a strong marijuana odor. That's according to the local newspaper, the News-Times.
When asked about the Jirons' custody status by the Washington Post, authorities simply replied, "they're not here". 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.