Both are accused of possession of drug money in connection with a stop on Interstate 80 west of Lincoln on Tuesday.
Lancaster County Sheriff Terry Wagner says the 80 year-old-man and his 70 year old wife were arrested this week on suspicion of carrying drug money. The deputy asked the driver, 42-year-old Mariah Jiron, to sit in his cruiser, the report said. Patrick Jiron consented to a vehicle search.
The sheriff's deputy wrote that an unspecified "reasonable, articulable suspicion was obtained that criminal activity was afoot".
They were pulled over for following another vehicle too closely, and after a police K9 smelled narcotics, their pickup truck was searched and a duffel bag with $18,000 in cash and notes consistent with marijuana sales was found.
Although officers did not discover a sizable amount of marijuana, Barbara and Patrick Jiron were charged with possession of money associated with manufacturing and delivering a controlled substance, a Class IV felony in Nebraska. At the time, they told police they were on their way to Vermont to distribute the drugs to friends and family as Christmas presents.
Their son, Justin Jiron, is the chief deputy state's attorney for Chittenden County in Vermont. The couple signed what's known as an abandonment form stating they do not claim the money as their own, he said. The money and a garbage bag in the back of the truck contained traces of marijuana, according to the sheriff's office. Multiple containers of concentrated THC also were found, officials said.
They were out on bond and expected in York County Court at separate hearings in the original case Wednesday and next week, according to court records.
Patrick Jiron was placed in York County Jail, while Barbara's processing was delayed due to a medical issue, Fox News reported.
It's alleged the couple were found with marijuana worth more than A$425,000 during a police traffic stop in York County, South Carolina last month.
The couple are scheduled to appear in York County Court on January 17.
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