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Elderly couple says 60 pounds of pot was for presents

Photos courtesy York County Sheriff's Department{ }

YORK, Neb. (AP) — An elderly couple who was arrested in Nebraska with 60 pounds of marijuana in their truck told officers that the drugs were meant to be Christmas presents.

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.

Deputies detected the smell of raw marijuana coming from the vehicle during the traffic stop. When asked about the odor, the York County Sheriff's Department said the driver, 83-year-old Patrick Jiron, admitted he had contraband inside the vehicle.

Officers found the bags of marijuana in the Toyota Tacoma driven by the 83-year-old man.

Detectives say the 60 pounds of marijuana have a street value of over $300,000. They also found containers of concentrated THC.

The couple said they were driving from California to Vermont to distribute the marijuana to family and friends as Christmas gifts.

The couple was being held in York County jail on suspicion of felony drug charges.

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