It’s For Retirement!

I am not fond of Oklahoma, a place where abnormally conservative right-wingers can feel right at home, but you have to sort of admire a state where even the (alleged) criminals aren’t normal.

About 50 miles southwest of Joplin we find:

VINITA – A Craig County drug task force serving a search warrant late Monday seized about $277,000 in cash from the home of a 73-year-old woman, Craig County Sheriff Jimmie Sooter said.

Darlene Mayes was booked into the county jail about 11:45 p.m. on complaints that included possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony and maintaining a dwelling where drugs are.

“She didn’t say much,” Sooter said of Mayes, a retired Department of Human Services worker. “She said the money was hers, that it was for retirement. Of course, once we got into it, it was pretty obvious it wasn’t hers.”

The task force served the warrant at a residence about six miles east of Vinita on U.S. 60, Sooter said. Recovered from the home were four pounds of marijuana, two pistols and $221,550 in cash found in a sack with the drugs, Sooter said. Another $53,020 was located in the back seat of a vehicle, and Mayes also had a substantial amount of cash on her person, the sheriff said.

The task force, made up of members of the Sheriff’s Office, Vinita Police Department and Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs, had been gathering information for a search warrant for about five months, Sooter said.

Mayes had no criminal history, he said.

Apparently, and somewhat rationally, Mrs. Mayes was socking away some extra cash in case Mittens and the GOP-Ryan budget plan get the nod in November.



  1. Jane Reaction

     /  April 10, 2012

    Who could blame her?

    We should be decriminalizing pot and turning it into a cash crop for the US Treasury.


  2. Treeske

     /  April 10, 2012

    “OKIES” No respect for the Elderly!


  3. ansonburlingame

     /  April 11, 2012

    My guess is there is a grandson or grandaughter that just lost a lot of money somewhere around Vinita.

    I also ask if had grandma been black or Hispanic if Rev Sharpton would be in Vinita accussing the local police of racism?



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