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Christmas pot couple make appearance in Nebraska court

This undated photo provided by the Lancaster County Sheriff's Department in Lancaster County, Neb., shows Barbara Jiron. Jiron and her husband, Patrick Jiron who were arrested in Nebraska last month for carrying 60 pounds of marijuana that they described as family Christmas gifts, have again been arrested in Nebraska, this time on suspicion of carrying drug money. The Jiron's were arrested Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018 along Interstate 80 in northeast Nebraska. They were arrested last month along the same roadway,in the same vehicle, just two counties west. (Lancaster County Sheriff's Department via AP)

This undated photo provided by the Lancaster County Sheriff's Department in Lancaster County, Neb., shows Barbara Jiron. Jiron and her husband, Patrick Jiron who were arrested in Nebraska last month for carrying 60 pounds of marijuana that they described as family Christmas gifts, have again been arrested in Nebraska, this time on suspicion of carrying drug money. The Jiron's were arrested Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018 along Interstate 80 in northeast Nebraska. They were arrested last month along the same roadway,in the same vehicle, just two counties west. (Lancaster County Sheriff's Department via AP)

LINCOLN, Neb. — An elderly California couple arrested in Nebraska last month for carrying 60 pounds of marijuana Christmas presents has appeared in court after again being arrested in the state, this time for allegedly carrying drug money.

The Lincoln Journal Star reports that 80-year-old Patrick Jiron and his 70-year-old wife, Barbara, were in Lancaster County Court on Wednesday and charged with possession of drug money.

Investigators say officers found a duffel bag with $18,000 in cash when the couple was stopped Tuesday along Interstate 80 just west of Lincoln. A defence attorney says he might challenge the search.

The Jirons were arrested along the same interstate in the same vehicle Dec. 19. Investigators say they told officers the marijuana in their truck was meant for Christmas gifts for relatives in Vermont and Massachusetts.

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Information from: Lincoln Journal Star, http://www.journalstar.com

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