California couple caught hauling pot that they said was meant as Christmas gifts enter pleas

California couple caught hauling pot that they said was meant as Christmas gifts enter pleas
Patrick Jiron, center, and his wife Barbara Jiron, right, talk with attorney John Berry while appearing in court at the Lancaster County Courthouse on Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018, in Lincoln. The California couple were arrested in Nebraska for carrying 60 pounds of marijuana they said was for family Christmas gifts. (World-Herald News Service)

YORK, Neb. (AP) — A California couple have pleaded no contest to reduced charges for hauling marijuana through Nebraska that they said was intended for Christmas gifts.

80-year-old Patrick Jiron and his wife, 70-year-old Barbara Jiron, of Clearlake Oaks, California, each pleaded no contest Tuesday to a single count of possession of more than a pound of marijuana.

In exchange, prosecutors dropped other counts, including those for drug-dealing and tax-stamp violation. The Jirons each faces up to two years in prison during sentencing in August.

When the Jirons were arrested Dec. 19, they said they didn’t know it was illegal to transport marijuana through Nebraska. They told authorities the 60 pounds of pot was intended as presents for family in Vermont and Massachusetts.

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