Elderly Christmas Cannabis Couple Arrested Again, Facing New Drug Charges

Lester Mason
January 12, 2018

The couple, from Clearlake Oaks, California, was arrested on suspicion of possessing drug money, the World-Herald reported.

The couple now faces multiple violations of California law related to marijuana cultivation and transportation, the Sheriff's Office said.

Patrick Jiron, 80, and his wife, Barbara Jiron, 70, were arrested on December 19 after drugs were found in their vehicle. Investigators said both were riding in a truck driven by 42-year old Maria' Jiron.

An attorney for Patrick Jiron was unsure how the couple was planning to plead to the new charges and is reportedly looking into the incident to ensure that police did not execute an illegal search of the couple's vehicle. The couple was pulled over on Tuesday morning for tailgating after a sheriff's deputy determined that "reasonable, articulable suspicion was obtained that criminal activity was afoot".

Police say they found $18,000 in cash and a 50-pound garbage bag that tested positive for cannabis residue.

After the stop, deputies said they smelled marijuana coming from the pickup.

Their son, Justin Jiron, is the chief deputy state's attorney for Chittenden County in Vermont. This time a female family member identified as Mariah Jiron was driving the auto.

They also found notes consistent with marijuana sales in the truck.

In York County, both were charged with possession of marijuana with the intent to deliver, a Class 2A felony, and having no drug tax stamp, a Class 4 felony.

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.

The elderly parents of a Vermont prosecutor caught in a massive drug bust before Christmas have been arrested again.

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

The couple told York County sheriff's officials that they planned to make stops in Boston and Vermont to distribute the marijuana to family and friends as Christmas gifts.

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