Ganja Granny Busted in Oklahoma

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A story out of Oklahoma comes across as either an inspiring tale of an entrepreneurial 73 year old, or a sad case of someone who will likely die in prison for their crimes.

Darlene Mayes, the grandmother in question, is being charged with being a notorious drug kingpin – responsible for an ongoing network of marijuana distribution across four states. When her home was raided, police seized four pounds of weed, two handguns and more than a quarter-million in cash.

That doesn’t sound record breaking, but police are saying that Ms. Mayes was involved in about 40% of the sales of marijuana in her territory. How she managed this wasn’t made exactly clear, but the investigation continues. Her arrest was the result of police tracking her drug ring for several years. The story above says they knew there was a kingpin, but hadn’t identified who it was until shortly before the arrest was made.

Her son was arrested as well, and while at first it appeared grandma was being “used,” apparently this isn’t the case and she was a player in the drug operation. When asked about the funds found in her home, Ms. Mayes reportedly identified it as her retirement fund, which, in a strange way, it might have been.

As a distributor and owner of a stash house, Ms. Mayes could get some serious time. Marijuana possession with intent to distribute in Oklahoma is a felony. A first offense carries a minimum of 2 years in prison to a maximum of life in prison and a fine up to $20,000.00. She also faces weapons charges which add to the total.

We can expect to see more of these senior drug crimes as baby boomers age. That segment of the population is noted for being more nonchalant about drug use, and with retirement approaching, selling so-called, “soft drugs” might look like a viable option. From a criminal justice point of view, age doesn’t give you a free pass. In the Ganja Granny case, it is alleged she has been doing this for at least a decade. Drug dealers get old just like the rest of us.

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