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Grandmother, 85, arrested for selling drugs from her house

By Mason White 6:11 PM August 5, 2013
Pearl Jones 

By: Ryan Lee Hall
An elderly woman was arrested and charged with drug related charges after selling painkillers and drugs from her home.

85-year-old Pearl Jones of Tennessee was arrested on a felony drug distribution and for allowing others to sell drugs from her home.

While most senior citizens are enjoying their golden years, Jones was allegedly selling hydrocodone, which is a strong pain-killer, from her home, according to the Kingsport Police Department.

During an ongoing drug investigation, officers learned about the 85-year-old woman’s involvement in drug dealings. Officers raided the woman’s home where they found painkillers and other drugs. Officers reportedly seized pills, drug paraphernalia and $1,200 in cash.

They also arrested 42-year-old Timothy Farley, who was allegedly sitting on the drug supply, which was concealed beneath a seat cushion.

Jones was also charged with selling drugs in a school zone as her house is within 1,000 feet from a school. Jones was booked into the Sullivan County jail. She was released after posting $70,000 bond.

While it is rare for officers to arrest elderly people for drug dealings, she is not the oldest person, who was arrested for selling drugs. In May 2010, Ola Mae Agee of Florida, then, 87, was arrested for selling crack cocaine to undercover officers at her home.
Agee was convicted at trial and was sentenced to 18 months in prison.