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Gun-toting granny, 73, arrested for 'supplying marijuana to her entire town and ran lucrative four-state drug ring'
By Daily Mail Reporter
PUBLISHED: 22:36 EST, 13 April 2012 | UPDATED: 19:12 EST, 14 April 2012
A 73-year-old gun-toting grandmother was arrested after authorities seized nearly $300,000 in cash and four pounds of marijuana from her home.
Oklahoma police raided the home of Darlene Mayes in rural Craig County.
In addition to the pot and cash, they recovered a semiautomatic pistol and revolver.
Authorities said they were shocked to find the elderly woman was the kingpin of the lucrative drug trade. Kingpin: Police arrested 73-year-old Darlene Mayes after they allegedly found her with six pounds of marijuana and around $270,000
Granny gone wrong: Police believe Mayes was running a large-scale drug operation from her rural Oklahoma home
Vinita Police Chief Bobby Floyd told The Daily that authorities had been investigating the drug ring for about five months, but only learned of the dealer’s identity earlier in the week.
‘It was an extreme wow moment,’ Mr Floyd told kjrh.com.
Mayes was arrested Monday. Police discovered cash hidden throughout her idyllic ranch home.
Her son Jerry Dorsey was arrested on Monday after he was found carrying almost a pound of marijuana, drug paraphernalia, and $2,100 in cash.
Craig County Sheriff Jimmy Sooter told kjrh.com that he believes Mayes dealt to surrounding areas as well as Vinita. Seeing green: Around six pounds of marijuana was seized from her home
Seeing green: Around six pounds of marijuana was seized from her home All about the Benjamins: In addition, around $277,000 were found with traces of narcotics on them
The small town borders Arkansas, Missouri, and Kansas.
‘We feel like it was coming in from all over. And we think this is a real good arrest,’ he said.
The money, which was found in part by drug-sniffing dogs, will be split between the local sheriff’s department, the police department, and the District Attorney’s office.
It will be used to combat the drug trade.
Mayes, who originally tried to tell officers the money was part of her retirement fund, faces five criminal charges, including possession of marijuana, maintaining a dwelling where drugs are kept or sold, as well as possession of a firearm.
She once worked at the Department of Human Services, and had no criminal history prior to her arrest.