Grandma Pleads Guilty to Drug Ring Charges
An elderly New York woman will be sentenced soon on two felony drug counts, proving you’re never too old to make bad decisions.
Age really is just a number – even when it comes to drug dealing. A 71-year-old grandmother pleaded guilty recently to her role in a large New York drug ring after being arrested in February 2012.
Doris Smith was one of 34 defendants in a drug ring bust in Harlem. The charges she faced included conspiracy, criminal possession of a controlled substance and criminal sale of a controlled substance, and she pleaded guilty to the two felony counts of conspiracy and criminal possession, according to court documents.
Smith was packaging and storing PCP, cocaine and heroin in a building in Harlem, the indictment claims. She also helped other members of a drug organization by buying rubber gloves to package the PCP and warning organization leaders when police were in the building.
The arrests were the result of a 15-month investigation led by the New York Police Department’s Narcotics Borough Manhattan North and the District Attorney’s Office, according to a news release. The investigation began after complaints about neighborhood drug activity. Smith will be sentenced in October.
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