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Grandma Convicted Of Dealing Drugs While Babysitting Grandkids

The 59-year-old grandmother faces 11 years in prison for dealing cocaine and painkillers with the help of her two grown children.

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By McCarton Ackerman

03/05/14

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A New York grandma accused of selling cocaine and painkillers while babysitting her grandkids could spend the next 11 years behind bars.

Geraldine Horsefall, 59, pleaded guilty in State Supreme Court in Buffalo to third-degree drug possession involving cocaine and fifth-degree drug possession involving the painkiller hydrocodone. She faces up to nine years in prison on the cocaine charge and 30 months on the painkiller charge.

Michelle King, 42, also pleaded guilty to charges involving selling prescription drugs she stole from a doctor for whom she worked as a nurse and selling them to Horsefall. King was referred to the judicial diversion program for nonviolent drug addicts involved in other crimes. The charges will be wiped from her record if she completes the year long program, but faces over five years in prison if she is unsuccessful.

The women were among 25 suspects indicted in “Operation Lockport,” which was conducted on the Native American reservation of the Tonawanda Band of the Senecas. The operation resulted in the seizure of $100,000 in cocaine, $60,000 in cash, a variety of prescription painkillers, and items used to secretly transport cocaine.

But it was Horsefall’s behavior that was most prominently highlighted among all the suspects. Not only did she make drug transactions while babysitting her four grandchildren, but she employed her adult children to sell drugs. Her daughter, Arylyn Horsefall, 33, and son, Eric Parker, 38, of Pembroke, were among those arrested in the sting.

“When someone brings small children along, that’s about as low as you can get,” noted State Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman.

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