They were simply spreading holiday cheer, they told authorities.
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 auto, the sheriff's department said, and allowed the deputies to search the truck. Curious, Jiron was questioned regarding the familiar odor and openly admitted to having contraband in the vehicle, consenting to a search.
An elderly California couple was arrested in Nebraska after police pulled them over and found 60 pounds of high-grade marijuana in their truck. In addition to the plant, the officers also confiscated processed product, including containers described as "concentrated THC".
The couple, from Clearlake Oaks, Calif., said they were coming from California and planned to give the weed as Christmas presents to friends and family in Boston and Vermont.
In Nebraska, the tax on marijuana is $10 per ounce, which means that the Jirons would have owed about US$9,600 in taxes.
We attempted to reach out to the York County Sheriff Department for clarification on this law and how it affects non-residents passing over state lines. His wife, Barbara, was not jailed but instead fined "due to some medical issues".
Vrbka added the pot had a street value of around $336,000 and said the couple was charged with "felony suspicion of possession of marijuana with intent to deliver and no drug tax stamp".