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Prosecutor: Vermont State Attorney Had No Knowledge of Parents’ Cannabis Gifting Scheme

The York County, Nebraska prosecutor handling the case of the elderly couple from California stopped with more than 25 bags of cannabis in the state said he has no reason to suspect their son – Chittenden County, Vermont Chief Deputy State Attorney Justin Jiron – had any knowledge or involvement in the bust, the Burlington Free Press reports.

“I have no reason to question his credibility.” – York County Attorney Chris Johnson

Jiron’s parents, Patrick, 83, and Barbara, 70, made headlines earlier this month when police found the cannabis during a routine traffic stop and told officers that they planned to give it all away to relatives in Massachusetts and Vermont. They were cited for possessing marijuana with intent to distribute.

Johnson told the Free Press he heard about the connection through media reports and has not been contacted by Vermont authorities.

In a statement, Chittenden County State Attorney Sarah George, Jiron’s boss, indicated he was “as surprised and upset” about the allegations “as anyone,” but Jiron, who is responsible for criminal prosecution in Chittenden County, has yet to comment on the ongoing case.

The accused Jiron’s also have not commented; however, they reportedly told police they were unaware it was illegal to transport cannabis through Nebraska.

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