Alleged pot smuggling grandmother skips court date

LINCOLN, Neb. (WCAX) New developments in the case of an elderly couple headed for Vermont with what police say was a car full of pot.

Nebraska police stopped Patrick Jiron, 80, and Barbara Jiron, 70, in December and found more than $300,000 worth of high-grade marijuana. Then, just days later, police stopped them again and allegedly found $16,000 in cash. Police say the California couple were going to use that money to buy more drugs.

Wednesday they were both scheduled to appear in court in Nebraska. But court documents show Mrs. Jiron skipped court, and authorities say they are now issuing a warrant for the grandmother. Her husband continues to be held on bail.

The Jirons are the parents of a Chittenden County deputy prosecutor.