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Nebraska trial scheduled with a Christmas pot presents case

YORK, Neb. – A trial on drug charges is scheduled for a couple from California who have said that the marijuana they are accused of transporting through Nebraska was meant for Christmas gifts.

Court records say 70-year-old Barbara Jiron, of Clearlake Oaks, California, pleaded not guilty Monday to four felony charges, including two for pot possession. Her husband, 80-year-old Patrick Jiron, has also pleaded not guilty. Their trial is set to begin on May 22 in York.

The authorities have said that when the Jirons were arrested Dec. 19 along Interstate 80, they said they did not know that it was illegal to transport marijuana through Nebraska. She told authorities the 60 pound (27 kilogram) of the pot was intended as a gift for family in Vermont and Massachusetts.

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