County Judge John Freudenberg ordered Barbara Jiron to return to court on February 1 on the drug money charge after appointing an attorney for her.
The Jirons were arrested two counties over last month by deputies in with the York County Sheriff's Department.
Patrick Jiron, 80, and his 70-year-old wife, Barbara, were ordered to return to court next month to face a second set of charges stemming from a traffic stop Tuesday near Lincoln.More news: Former South Carolina great Marcus Lattimore joining staff
But the deputy talked to Patrick and Barbara Jiron, who were passengers, and asked to search the truck.
"During this time, reasonable, articulable suspicion was obtained that criminal activity was afoot", the deputy wrote in the report, which was not specific about what gave him pause.
The K-9 detected the presence of marijuana, and a search revealed $18,000 cash and a large bag.More news: East Coast locked in wickedly cold weekend of subzero temps
The driver was let off with a warning, but the couple were arrested and taken to the Lancaster County jail on suspicion of possession of suspected drug money.
They were released on bond and are due to appear in court. 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. The couple signed what's known as an abandonment form stating they do not claim the money as their own, he said. Mariah Jiron was not arrested. Their 42-year-old daughter, a resident of Vermont, was driving the auto, but was not arrested.
The couple are scheduled to appear in York County Court on January 17. They reportedly told police they were on their way to Vermont with the goal of distributing the drugs as Christmas gifts and they didn't know it was illegal to transport marijuana through the state. Authorities told the York News-Times they found almost 60 pounds of marijuana, worth an estimated $336,000, after making a traffic stop December 19 on Interstate 80 near Bradshaw.More news: United Kingdom minister resigns after rejecting PM's reshuffle
In York County, both were charged with possession of marijuana with the intent to deliver, a Class 2A felony, and having no drug tax stamp, a Class 4 felony.