Tuesday, January 2, 2018

NorCal Couple in Their 80s Told Police 60 lbs of weed Was for ‘Christmas Presents’

Posted by Chvis Martinez from Redheaded Blackbelt  

Note from Chivis:

The elderly couple are the parents of a Vermont prosecutor.

The elderly parents of this county's deputy prosecutor were arrested last week and accused of driving marijuana cross country that they planned to give as Christmas presents.

The couple's son is Justin Jiron, the chief deputy Chittenden County state's attorney. Burlington is the county seat of Chittenden County.

"Justin is in no way connected to this allegation other than by relation," his boss, Chittenden County State's Attorney Sarah George, wrote in email Tuesday night to the Burlington Free Press. "Justin is and has been a dedicated public servant for over 15 years, and I assure you he is as surprised and upset about these allegations as anyone."    [ surprised? You be the judge] 

From Redheaded Blackbelt website:

Press Release: On December 19, 2017 York County deputies observed a 2016 Toyota Tacoma failing to signal a turn and driving left of the center line and conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle. Upon contact with the vehicle, deputies detected the odor of raw marijuana coming from the vehicle. When asked about the odor of marijuana, the driver, 83-year-old Patrick Jiron admitted to having contraband inside the vehicle and consented to a search of the vehicle.

Located inside the vehicle’s truck topper during the search was approximately 60 pounds of marijuana with an estimated street value of over $300,000. Also located were multiple containers of concentrated THC.

Both occupants advised that they were traveling from California making stops in Boston, Massachusetts and Vermont to distribute the marijuana to family and friends as Christmas gifts.

Cited on charges of possession of marijuana with the intent to deliver and no drug tax stamp was 83-year-old Patrick Jiron and his wife, 80-year-old Barbara Jiron of Clearlake Oaks, California.

According to the York News Times,
York County Sheriff’s Lt. Paul Vrbka said Barbara Jiron was cited in the case but was not jailed “due to some medical issues.”

It has also been clarified that Barbara Jiron’s age is 70. The sheriff’s department inadvertently originally said her age was 83.

Her husband, Patrick Jiron, was taken into custody and booked into the York County Jail on charges of possession of marijuana with the intent to deliver and having no drug tax stamp. He has since posted 10 percent of his $100,000 bond and has been released.