This 73-Year-Old Grandmother is a Drug Lord [VIDEO]
I lived in Oklahoma for about a year-and-a-half from 2008 to 2009. I met some interesting people, but even for Oklahoma, this surprises me.
Not only was 73-year-old Darlene Mays found with drugs in her home, but when you add all that police uncovered in her house, she was found to be the "kingpin" of a drug ring that spanned four states.
According to reports, police broke into Mayes' home to find her in possession of four pounds of marijuana, $273,000 in cash and two illegal guns. That's when they found out she was the kingpin of the distribution ring that covered parts of Oklahoma, Kansas, Arkansas and Missouri.
Police estimated she supplied 40 percent of the marijuana in the area.
"She knew exactly what she was doing and supplying and exactly who she’s profiting from," Mark Woodward, spokesman for the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics, told The Daily, an iPad-only newspaper.
Investigators reportedly had been following this drug ring for years, but didn't realize she was the leader until they broke into her house.
One law enforcement expert said that while some might be surprised at an elderly person putting themselves in such a position, it's more common than you might think.
"It doesn't surprise me that someone this age would be actively involved in marijuana distribution because there's just too much money to be made. If they keep a low profile, they don't talk to many people, and they don't get greedy, they can go on for years," Brad Garrett told Yahoo! News.