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Kingpin Grandma Nabbed in Oklahoma

73-year-old "ganja grandma" was supplying pot to dealers across four states.

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By May Wilkerson

04/13/12

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A 73-year-old Oklahoma grandmother was arrested Monday and charged with running a lucrative marijuana ring spanning four states. Police unearthed four pounds of pot and a semiautomatic weapon in Darlene Mayes' rural Craig County home, along with $276,000 in cash hidden in her mattress. Mayes claimed to be saving the money for her retirement fund; but cops believe she has been trafficking pot for up to two decades. Allegedly, she has been responsible for about 40% of the growing pot trade in the city of Tulsa and parts of neighboring Arkansas, Kansas and Missouri. The massive operation was a family affairone of her many dealers was her son, Jerry Dorsey, who was arrested Monday for possession with intent to distribute. "She was one of the tops of the totem pole in this area for northeastern Oklahoma," said Vinita Police Chief Bobby Floyd. "I think she was a big factor in the drug trade."

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