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Elderly couple busted with 60 pounds of pot, says its Christmas present

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YORK, NE (RNN) - Christmas may be a little less jubilant for one family in Vermont after their gifts were confiscated by a Nebraska sheriff's department.

But these were no ordinary Christmas presents. The York County Sheriff's Department said it discovered 60 pounds of marijuana during a traffic stop, and the elderly couple carrying it told deputies it was for Christmas gifts.

Lt. Paul Vrbka told the York News-Times a Toyoto Tacoma was crossing the center line and deputies smelled the marijuana immediately after making the stop.

A drug-sniffing dog confirmed their suspicions.

Patrick Jiron, 80, and Barbara Jiron, 83, were on their way from California to visit family in Vermont for Christmas.

But neither the pot nor the couple will make it that far. CNN reported Patrick Jiron was arrested on felony drug charges and is now out on bond.

The marijuana is estimated to have a street value of $336,000.

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