Vt. prosecutor's job not impacted by parents' arrest

Published: Dec. 27, 2017 at 4:41 PM EST
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The Chittenden County state's attorney speaks out after her top prosecutor's elderly parents got into trouble with the law.

Authorities say Patrick Jiron, 80, and Barbara Jiron, 70, were arrested last week in Nebraska after police found more than 60 pounds of marijuana inside moving boxes in the back of their pickup truck.

A police affidavit obtained by WCAX News revealed the California couple was first pulled over for a traffic violation and had inconsistent stories when questioned by officers. But both allegedly admitted they were headed to Vermont and planned to give the $300,000 worth of marijuana as Christmas gifts. The pot was packed in Home Depot moving boxes.

The couple's son is Justin Jiron, the chief deputy state's attorney in Chittenden County.

In a formal statement, his boss, State's Attorney Sarah George, said: "Justin, of course, loves his parents, and is concerned about their welfare. However, he is extremely disappointed in their behavior and actions as reported by media outlets... Because Justin is not connected to these allegations, his status in this office as Chief Deputy State's Attorney, has not changed."

Both Patrick and Barbara Jiron are scheduled to be arraigned next month. They are out on bail.