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April 24, 2014

83-year-old grandma arrested in pot bust

Stonewall — STONEWALL — An 83-year-old woman is facing charges after drug task force agents arrested her, allegedly with four pounds of marijuana.

Patsey Marlene Maxwell, of Stonewall was arrested Tuesday at her residence in the 100 block of south Alderson after law enforcement from District 22 Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force, Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics, Pontotoc County Sheriff’s Office, Chickasaw Nation Lighthorse Police Department, Ada Police Department and Stonewall Police Department served a search warrant.

The search warrant was executed after a confidential informant purchased marijuana from Maxwell on two occasions, once for a half ounce of marijuana and another for one ounce, agents said in court papers.

“During the execution of the search warrant, approximately two pounds of marijuana was found inside of a clear plastic tub in the living room sitting on a rocking chair,” drug task force agent James Kennedy said in a court affidavit. “The marijuana found in the living room was packaged with a previously opened vacuum sealed bag, and the other portion was packaged in the shape of a square brick wrapped in plastic wrap. Approximately two pounds of marijuana was found inside a green plastic tub that was sitting on a kitchen chair of the residence.”

Kennedy said the marijuana found in the kitchen was individually packaged in one-half-ounce and one ounce portions, “which is consistent with common practices of distribution of marijauana.”

Kennedy said “also found in the kitchen was a set of digital scales, a used glass smoking pipe containing burnt residue, a small yellow container containing marijuana. a silver Sterling .22 caliber LR semi-automatic pistol with a loaded magazine,a coin purse containing a ‘one hitter’ pipe and marijuana, a purse containing Maxwell’s ID and Oklahoma Access (welfare and food stamp) card...and approximately $536 (cash). All items were collected and packaged for evidence.”

Kennedy interviewed Maxwell after reading Maxwell her Miranda rights.

“(Maxwell) stated she had just returned from Dallas where she met with her source who she refused to identify,” Kennedy said. “(She) stated she purchased five pounds of marijuana for $1,000 per pound.”

Maxwell reportedly told agents she would usually travel to Dallas every 60 days to meet with her supplier to replenish her stash of marijuana. She said she only sells in half-ounce and one ounce packages and no less. She would charge $50 for a half-ounce and $100 for and ounce.

Maxwell was arrested and taken to Pontotoc County Justice Center. She has since made a $50,000 bail and released. On Wednesday, Maxwell was charged in Pontotoc County District Court with two counts of unlawful distribution of a controlled dangerous substance within 2,00 feet of a school and two counts of unlawful use of a phone to facilitate a felony.

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