Oklahoma’s biggest drug pusher was just arrested after months of investigation. Sheriff deputies searched the home of Darlene Mayes and seized $278,000 in cash and four pounds of marijuana.
However, that’s not the part of the story that may shock you; Mayes is old enough to be your grandmother.
Darlene Mayes is 73 years old. She’s also responsible for 40% of the drug trade. “We feel like this is a really big operation,” said Sheriff Jimmie Sooter.
“It was just like shock. I can’t believe this. This is a lady my grandmother’s age, and I could never in a million years picture my own grandmother doing this,” said Bobby Floyd, Vinita Police Chief. “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.”
Investigators say older folks are becoming more active in drug trafficking. They don’t raise as much suspicion and more are turning to drugs as a way to make extra money in their golden years. “Don’t put an age limit on the investigation, because anything can happen,” Floyd said.
Darlene Mayes is being held in the Craig County jail on several drug complaints and will likely be charged with drug trafficking.