Elderly couple told cops 60 pounds of marijuana was for 'Christmas presents'


York County sheriff's officials said deputies pulled the 2016 Toyota Tacoma over after the driver failed to signal a turn and drove left of the center line. Deputies said they immediately smelled what appeared to be raw marijuana.

The York News-Times reports the couple were arrested Tuesday by the York County Sheriff's Department after they were stopped for a traffic violation on Interstate 80 near the town of Bradshaw. Patrick Jiron then admitted there was "contraband" in the vehicle, the sheriff's department said, and allowed the deputies to search the truck. When deputies stopped the auto, they said they could immediately smell the strong odor of raw marijuana.

An elderly couple has been arrested with about 30kg of marijuana they alleged planned to give as Christmas presents.

York County sheriff's Lt. Paul Vrbka told the paper he estimated.

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Mr. Jiron was taken into custody and charged with possession of marijuana with the intent to deliver and having no drug tax stamp. Her husband Patrick was booked into the jail on charges but has since posted 10 percent of his $100,000 bond and has also been released.

Lt Vrbka told the York News Times the mammoth haul of pot has a street value of US$336,000 (NZ$478,000). His wife Barbara did not join him, however, due to a medical issue, according to USA Today.

In the back of the truck, beneath the pickup topper, authorities discovered 60 pounds of marijuana and several containers of concentrated THC, NPR reported.