Elderly parents accused of smuggling pot appear in court

LINCOLN, Neb. (WCAX) The elderly couple with ties to a Vermont prosecutor arrested this week after getting pulled over again on I-80 appeared in court Wednesday.

Patrick and Barbara Jiron sat quietly outside the courtroom awaiting their appearance. Lancaster County sheriffs pulled them over Tuesday. Police say a K-9 unit detected marijuana and a search found 18,000 dollars in cash and pot residue on the money. Their lawyer says his clients are looking into why the stop occurred.

"Look at the reason for the stop, look at the detention, look at the seizure, the search, the arrest and the statements made afterwards,” said lawyer John Berry Jr.

He also says they will look into whether their fourth amendment rights were violated, which protects from unreasonable searches and seizures.

Barbara will be back in court on February 1; Patrick is due back on the 7th.

The Jirons are the parents of deputy prosecutor Justin Jiron in the Chittenden County State's Attorney's office.