Couple arrested with marijuana ‘christmas present’ ID’d as parents of Vermont public prosecutor

Sixty pounds of marijuana, with an estimated value of more than $300,000, was discovered by the authorities in Nebraska in the truck of an elderly couple.

(York County Sheriff’s Department)

An elderly couple who were arrested in Nebraska last week with 60 pounds of marijuana “presents” for the family on the east coast have been identified as the parents of a Vermont prosecutor who has handled some of the most high-profile cases.

Patrick Jiron, 83, and Barbara, 70, of Clearlake Oaks, California, were arrested on Dec. 19 in York after police found weed in the back of their pick-up truck. The Burlington Free Press, later identified as the parents of Justin Jiron, that the Chittenden County chief deputy state’s attorney.

“Justin is in no way affiliated with this statement than the relationship,” Chittenden County state Attorney Sarah George, his boss, told the newspaper. “Justin is a special civil servant for more than 15 years, and I can assure you that he is as surprised and angry about these allegations as everyone else.”

Jiron has worked on a number of Vermont’s most high-profile cases during his career, including the prosecution of a man who kidnapped, raped and killed a University of Vermont senior, and another man who went on a shooting spree in Essex, two dead, according to the Burlington Free Press.

Justin Jiron, the truck had a marijuana smell coming from it, police said.

(York County Sheriff’s Department)

“Justin, of course, loves his parents and is concerned about their well-being,” George added. “But he is very disappointed in their behavior and actions, as reported by the media.”

George also said Justin will continue to work in the office.

Lt.-Paul Vrbka of the York County Sheriff’s Department told the News York Times of last week Jiron the parents said: “marijuana was for the presents.”

Police found 60 pounds of pot and a number of containers of concentrated THC during the arrest, with an estimated value of more than $300,000 in total. The names of the marijuana strains were written on each bag.

The pair were charged with possession of marijuana with intent to deliver and no drug tax stamp.

John Campbell, the executive director of Vermont state attorney offices, said he has no information from Nebraska police as to whether or not the actions of Jiron’s parents have a direct connection with him.

“I don’t think he knew anything about what his parents were about or what they plan to do,” Campbell told the Burlington Free Press. “From what I understand, this is just as much as a shock for him and a surprise that it to someone else who has heard it.”

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