A drug-sniffing dog then led police to the trunk, where they found most of the money in a duffel bag along with traces of marijuana, according to the sheriff's office.
Lancaster County Sheriff Terry Wagner says the 80 year-old-man and his 70 year old wife were arrested this week on suspicion of carrying drug money.
The deputy asked the couple if he could search the truck, but he was denied. The couple was pulled over on Tuesday morning for tailgating after a sheriff's deputy determined that "reasonable, articulable suspicion was obtained that criminal activity was afoot". A K-9 officer detected the odor of narcotics on the auto and the search found about $17,000 in one duffel bag, which contained the marijuana residue. Their 42-year-old daughter, a resident of Vermont, was driving the vehicle, but was not arrested.
Patrick and Barbara Jiron, who live in Clearlake, California, are facing a charge of possession of currency believed to have been used in a drug deal. The two allegedly told police they were headed for Vermont and meant to give the drugs as Christmas presents.
The couple were free pending the outcome of the original charges, and Barbara Jiron was supposed to appear in court Wednesday afternoon to be arraigned on her first arrest.More news: Eminem, Kendrick, Arctic Monkeys & The Killers Headlining 2018 Firefly Music Festival
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It should be noted that Barbara Jiron's first court appearance in York County Court is scheduled for today (Wednesday, Jan. 10) at 2 p.m. The couple signed what's known as an abandonment form stating they do not claim the money as their own, he said.
They said Patrick Jiron allowed them to search the truck, and they found pot, estimated to be worth more than $300,000, under a topper in the back of the Tacoma.
In that incident, the prosecutor's parents were charged with possession of marijuana with intent to deliver and no drug tax stamp.
Patrick Jiron was also arrested for a second time.
The couple told sheriff's officials that they planned to make stops in Boston and Vermont to distribute the marijuana to family and friends as Christmas gifts.