- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 27, 2018

YORK, Neb. (AP) - A California couple have pleaded no contest to reduced charges for hauling marijuana through Nebraska that they said was intended for Christmas gifts.

The Lincoln Journal Star reports that 80-year-old Patrick Jiron and his wife, 70-year-old Barbara Jiron, of Clearlake Oaks, California, each pleaded no contest Tuesday to a single count of possession of more than a pound of marijuana.

In exchange, prosecutors dropped other counts, including those for drug-dealing and tax stamp violation. The Jirons each face up to two years in prison when they’re sentenced in August.

When the Jirons were arrested Dec. 19, they said they didn’t know it was illegal to transport marijuana through Nebraska. They told authorities the 60 pounds (27 kilograms) of pot was intended as presents for family in Vermont and Massachusetts.

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

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