A drug bust hit a little close to home for one Vermont prosecutor. According to the Burlington Free Press, the parents of a prosecutor in Chittenden County were arrested last week for allegedly transporting 60 pounds of marijuana across the country. The elderly couple apparently said they planned to gift the pot for Christmas.
Patrick Jiron, 83, (seen below) and his 70-year-old wife, Barbara, are of Clearlake Oaks, California. They were caught smuggling the drugs during a traffic stop on December 19 in Nebraska. Their truck smelled of weed. When their pickup was searched — as approved by the driver, Patrick — authorities found some 25 bags of marijuana. They told authorities they did plan on gifting the weed to family in Vermont and Boston.
The amount they were carrying is worth a lot. Authorities estimated they could get more than $300,000 for the weed.
The prosecutor, Justin Jiron, was not a part of the crime.
"Justin is in no way connected to this allegation other than by relation," Chittenden County State's Attorney Sarah George shared with the Burlington Free Press. "Justin is and has been a dedicated public servant for over 15 years and I assure you he is as surprised and upset about these allegations as anyone."
The couple has received citations on suspicion of possessing marijuana with the intent to deliver, according to the Burlington Free Press. They have not spoken about the allegations, nor has their son. They apparently said they did not know what they were doing is illegal, as they didn't know weed was illegal in Nebraska. Vermont, on the other hand, is slated to pass legalization of recreational marijuana. The area in which the Jirons live has legalized the drug.
[Photo: York County Sherriff]