On Tuesday, York County sheriff's deputies discovered an unconventional Mr. and Mrs. Clause.
An elderly couple had an interesting excuse for the sixty pounds of marijuana police found in their auto.
After approaching the vehicle and catching scent of a peculiar and "strong" odor, they deferred to a sniffer dog from their canine unit, which immediately alerted them to a controlled substance somewhere in the auto, local news site York News-Times reported.
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"They said the marijuana was for Christmas presents", Lt. Paul Vrbka of the York County Sheriff's Department said.
The couple, Patrick Jiron, 80, and Barbara Jiron, 83, were in the process of driving cross country, telling police they were from Clearlake Oaks, California but were passing Nebraska on their way to Vermont.
According to Vrbka, the couple reported they "didn't know it was illegal to transport marijuana in Nebraska". "Legalization of marijuana for any objective has proven to be a risky proposition because the controls placed on its use in other states have fallen short". An attempt to legalise some medical uses for marijuana for seriously ill patients was introduced in the state in 2015, but blocked in the legislature. They told police they were traveling from California and meant to make stops in Boston, Mass. and Vermont to distribute the holiday cheer to family and friends.
The department estimated the pounds of green were worth over $300,000. He posted 10 percent of his $100,000 bond and has been released from jail.