Vermont prosecutor's parents busted again in Nebraska

Published: Jan. 9, 2018 at 5:15 PM EST
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The elderly parents of a Vermont prosecutor caught in a massive drug bust before Christmas have been arrested again.

The California couple was taken into custody after a traffic stop Tuesday morning and now, both face new criminal charges.

Eighty-year-old Patrick Jiron and 70-year-old Barbara Jiron are the parents of Justin Jiron, a deputy prosecutor in the Chittenden County State's Attorney's office. The Jirons made national headlines a few weeks ago just days before Christmas after Sheriffs say they were caught in a different Nebraska county transporting over $300,000 worth of high-grade marijuana. The two allegedly told police they were headed for Vermont and intended to give the drugs as Christmas presents.

Just before 10 a.m. Tuesday morning, the Lancaster County, Nebraska Sheriff's Department tells WCAX the couple was pulled over again in another traffic stop on Interstate 80. This time a female family member identified as Mariah Jiron was driving the car. A K9 detected marijuana, but deputies found no drugs. But they did find $17,000 in cash -- money that police suspect was intended to buy drugs.

“One of our K-9 units did a exterior sniff of the vehicle and it indicates to the odor of narcotics in that vehicle. Once the deputies searched it, they found a duffle bag that contained about $17,000 in US a currency. There was also remnants of cannabis,” said Lancaster County Sheriff Terry Wagner.

The sheriff's department says the Jiron's were also driving the same Toyota pickup involved in their previous bust.

The couple were free pending the outcome of the original charges, and Barbara Jiron was supposed to appear in court Wednesday afternoon to be arraigned on her first arrest.

Now, both are facing new drug trafficking charges. They posted bond and were released.