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Cops: 73-year-old retired state worker busted for huge pot operation

A 73-year-old woman in rural Oklahoma faces drug charges after agents tipped off about a large marijuana operation found several pounds of pot, two guns and $227,000 in cash around her property, police said.

"We kept finding more cash and it was so surprising that it was just lying around," Bobby Floyd, police chief in Vinita, Okla., told NBC affiliate KJRH-TV. "It was in closets, underneath the bed. But it wasn't really hidden."

Darlene Mayes, a retired state human services employee, was arrested Monday evening.

Mayes "didn't say much" upon being arrested, the Tulsa World quoted Craig County Sheriff Jimmy Sooter as saying. "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."

Officials believe she supplied local and out-of-state pot dealers.

"We think we really put a big dent in the drug trade in Northeastern Oklahoma," Sooter told KJRH-TV.

The charges against Mayes include possessing marijuana with intent to distribute and possessing a firearm in commission of a felony.

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