A drug-sniffing dog quickly led police to the trunk of their vehicle, where most of the money was discovered inside of a duffel bag along with traces of marijuana.
At the court hearing, Barbara Jiron carried a portable oxygen respirator and wore a nose clip attached by a tube to the device.
Patrick Jiron, 80, and his 70-year-old wife, Barbara, were ordered to return to court next month to face a second set of charges stemming from a traffic stop Tuesday near Lincoln.
The discovery came after the Jirons were arrested hile driving through York County, Nebraska. Investigators say they told officers the marijuana in their truck was meant for Christmas gifts for relatives in Vermont and MA. They'll be back in Lancaster County on February. En route to Vermont, the Jirons told police they were unaware it was illegal to transport marijuana through Nebraska and they were planning to give the drug as Christmas presents.
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In that incident, the prosecutor's parents were charged with possession of marijuana with intent to deliver and no drug tax stamp.
The investigation has been forwarded to the District Attorney's Office for filing.
"Look at the reason for the stop, look at the detention, look at the seizure, the search, the arrest and the statements made afterwards", said lawyer John Berry Jr.
On Interstate 80, law enforcement are often looking to bust drug traffickers under the theory that drugs go east and money goes west.
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The couple signed an abandonment form stating they don't claim the money as their own, Mayo said.
"As you know, Mr. Jiron is presumed innocent, and we're going to protect his rights".
County Judge John Freudenberg ordered Barbara Jiron to return to court on February 1 on the drug money charge after appointing an attorney for her.
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