Woman charged in 'Christmas pot' case fails to appear in court

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LINCOLN, Neb. – Barbara Jiron, a 70-year-old woman who was arrested with her husband in York County for marijuana possession failed to appear in court Wednesday.

Jiron, and her husband, Patrick, were arrested on Dec. 19 when the duo was traveling from California to Vermont with 60 pounds of marijuana.

They said the drugs were meant to be Christmas presents.

After posting bail, the elderly couple was arrested again in Lancaster County on Jan. 9.

According to court documents, Barbara Jiron was expected to be in York County Court at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, but did not show up.

The documents state the prosecutor will file a complaint to allege a failure to appear charge, and file an affidavit in support of a warrant.

Patrick did appear in court, and his case was bound over to district court. He is scheduled to appear next on Feb. 12.

The first time the Jirons were arrested, officers found numerous bags of marijuana in a Toyota Tacoma during an I-80 traffic stop.

They were lodged and held on multiple felony charges. The duo posted bail, but were pulled over again on Jan. 9 in Lancaster County on their way from Vermont to California.

After making contact with the couple, a deputy believed the two may be involved in criminal activity, and a K-9 unit was deployed.

The K-9 indicated the presence of marijuana, and a subsequent search unveiled $18,000 in cash. The cash tested positive for marijuana residue. A 50 gallon black Hefty bag was also found and tested positive for cannabis residue.

Barbara and Patrick Jiron were cited and lodged in the Lancaster County Jail for possession of money while violating Statute 28-416.17.

The two were released on bond.