YORK – The elderly couple from California who allegedly said they were transporting $336,000 worth of high grade marijuana to give away as Christmas presents after being caught in York County have again been arrested on drug trafficking charges.
Lt. Paul Vrbka with the York County Sheriff's Department said Tuesday morning that his agency was informed that Patrick Jiron, 80, and Barbara Jiron, 70, were taken into custody during a traffic stop in Lancaster County.
"It's my understanding that they were stopped, in the same vehicle we caught them in (a Toyota Tacoma), again on Interstate 80," Lt. Vrbka said. "From what we were told, the vehicle smelled like marijuana and Lancaster County officers allegedly found a large amount of suspected drug buy money (cash) with a value of approximately $18,000."
At the time of their arrest in York County, right before Christmas, investigators said the elderly couple told them they didn't know it was illegal to transport marijuana in Nebraska.
Barbara Jiron was cited in the York County matter (not taken into custody due to reported health issues) and Patrick Jiron was arrested (he made bond shortly after and was released from jail).
"But now here we are, just weeks after we found them with all that high grade marijuana they said they planned to take to Vermont for Christmas gifts," Lt. Vrbka said. "And not too far from here, from what we've been told."
It should be noted that Barbara Jiron's first court appearance in York County Court is scheduled for tomorrow (Wednesday) at 2 p.m.
Patrick Jiron's first court appearance is scheduled in York County Court for Wednesday, Jan. 17, at 2 p.m.
In York County, both were charged with possession of marijuana with the intent to deliver, a Class 2A felony, and having no drug tax stamp, a Class 4 felony.
Lt. Vrbka said he was not informed as to the exact charges in Lancaster County, only that they were taken into custody again in a case similar to the original in this jurisdiction.