Elderly Couple Found With 60 Pounds of Pot Tell Deputies it’s For Christmas Gifts


A couple in their 80s who were found with 60 pounds of marijuana in their pickup truck told York County sheriff’s deputies that they were going to give the pot away for Christmas gifts.

The marijuana, discovered during a traffic stop on Tuesday, was considered high grade, Sheriff’s Office officials said. It had an estimated street value of $336,000.

Deputies stopped the couple’s Toyota Tacoma in the Bradshaw area after they saw the pickup truck driving over the center line and the driver failing to signal, Lt. Paul Vrbka said.

When they stopped the vehicle, he said, deputies could immediately smell the strong odor of raw marijuana.

Vrbka said the county’s K-9 unit alerted to the presence of a controlled substance. Deputies then searched the pickup and found the pot in boxes stored inside the pickup topper.

An 80-year-old man and an 83-year-old woman said they were from Clearlake Oaks, Calif., and were headed for Vermont. They were arrested on suspicion of possession of marijuana with intent to deliver and no drug tax stamp.