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


Their excuse? The couple told police it was intended for Christmas presents.

An elderly couple pulled over in Nebraska reportedly told cops that the massive stash of drugs allegedly found in their truck was meant to be Christmas presents.

Lt. Paul Vrbka with the sheriff's department said deputies initiated a traffic stop in the Bradshaw area after they saw a Toyota Tacoma going over the center line and the driver failing to signal. 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 vehicle.

After Patrick Jiron, 80, admitted to having marijuana, the deputies performed a search with the help of a drug canine. The couple said they planned to "distribute the marijuana to family and friends as Christmas gifts".

According to Vrbka, the couple reported they "didn't know it was illegal to transport marijuana in Nebraska".

"As the use of marijuana has been legalized in some states, including our neighbor Colorado, we have been able to observe the impact the legalization of marijuana has had not only in their state, but as well as our own".

They conducted a search, and inside the truck's topper, found approximately 60 pounds of marijuana with an estimated street value of more than $300,000.

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