Last week we heard about Patrick Jiron and his wife, Barbara, the elderly couple in their eighties who were arrested for transporting a large amount of marijuana across the country. They claimed the marijuana was for Christmas presents, causing them to become quite the center of attention. It seems their time in the limelight isn’t over yet, as information has surfaced that the two are the parents of Vermont prosecutor Justin Jiron, the chief deputy Chittenden County State’s attorney. Ironic, isn’t it?
Justin’s parents were apprehended following a traffic stop on December 19 on Interstate 80 in York, Nebraska. The couple had loaded the bed of their pickup truck with bags full of pot, which they told police they intended to distribute as holiday gifts to relatives in Vermont and Boston.
Patrick and Barbara Jiron were pulled over on the rural stretch of highway in eastern Nebraska after sheriff’s deputies spotted the pickup truck swerving and failing to signal, the department said in a statement.
Police “detected the odor of raw marijuana coming from the vehicle,” the sheriff’s department said. Patrick Jiron, who was driving, agreed to a search of the truck, and deputies discovered the pot under a topper in the back.
The pot was packaged in more than 25 clear plastic bags and at least one empty bulk-sized container of cheese puffs, according to a photo of the seized evidence. The name of the marijuana strain was marked on each plastic bag.
Police calculated the street value of the drugs in excess of $300,000.
Although Justin has been unreachable since the news broke, his boss has spoken to the Burlington Free Press. “Justin is in no way connected to this allegation other than by relation,” his boss, Chittenden County State’s Attorney Sarah George, wrote in an email to them on Tuesday night. “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 Vermont prosecutor has been the sole chief deputy under George since January. He previously worked in the office under T.J. Donovan, now Vermont’s attorney general.