A 75-year-old Tennessee woman has been arrested for allegedly dealing drugs out of her home for decades. The Decatur County Sheriff's Office says that the defendant, known as "Kingpin Granny", was a primary source for area residents looking for illicit painkillers.
According to local media reports, undercover narcotics officers went to the defendant's home in Parsons and purchased some drugs from her. They then searched her property and found over 1,000 prescription pills, including Oxycodone, Xanax and morphine. They also found heroin and $12,000 in cash.
The defendant, who has reportedly been dealing drugs undetected for at least 20 years, has been charged with three counts of drug manufacturing, delivery and sale and three counts of drug possession. She posted a $50,000 bond and was admitted to a local hospital for treatment of an undisclosed condition. Authorities said that more people could be charged as officers continue their investigation of the drug ring.
Tennessee defendants charged with drug trafficking can face serious consequences, including long prison sentences and significant fines. As a result, many defendants choose to retain the services of a criminal defense attorney as quickly as they can. An attorney could represent a defendant's interests during police questioning and court hearings. Counsel could also review the case for evidence that could be used in the defendant's favor. In some circumstances, an attorney may recommend negotiating a plea bargain that allows the defendant to plead guilty to reduced charges, which could lead to the imposition of less harsh penalties.
Source: WTKR, "'Kingpin Granny' was the 'go to' drug dealer for decades, police say", Feb. 15, 2018