Elderly couple appear in Lancaster County Court for 2nd drug-related arrest

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The parents of a top Vermont prosecutor arrested last month in Nebraska with 60 pounds of marijuana they said they planned to give as Christmas presents are again facing drug-related charges.

A drug dog indicated it smelled drugs in the truck so deputies searched the truck and found most of the money in a duffel bag in the truck's cargo area, the report said.

The couple signed an abandonment form stating they don't claim the money as their own, Mayo said.

Their story took a twist when it later became public that their son, Justin Jiron, is a deputy state's attorney in Vermont. A K-9 officer detected the odor of narcotics on the vehicle and the search found about $17,000 in one duffel bag, which contained the marijuana residue. But they did find $18,000 in cash - money that police suspect was meant to buy drugs.

About $18,000 in cash, allegedly tainted by pot, was found in their vehicle, a 2016 Toyota pickup.

The deputy asked the couple if he could search the truck, but he was denied.

On Dec. 19, 2017, the Jirons were stopped in nearby York County with some $300,000 worth of marijuana. Their 42-year-old daughter, a resident of Vermont, was driving the vehicle, but was not arrested.

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Justin Jiron's boss told the paper that there is no connection between the Nebraska bust and her employee.

York County Sheriff's Lt. Paul Vrbka told the News-Times that Barbara Jiron was cited but was not jailed at that time "due to some medical issues".

They also said they found "owe notes" relating to the sales of narcotics.

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.

In an earlier incident, the Jirons were arrested on December 19 with 60 pounds of assorted marijuana goods with a street value of over $300,000 police said.

Patrick and Barbara Jiron each was charged with possession of marijuana with intent to deliver and having no drug tax stamp.

Patrick Jiron's first court appearance is scheduled in York County Court for Wednesday, Jan. 17, at 2 p.m.