An 87-year-old Pensacola woman was arrested after police say she tried to sell crack-cocaine to an undercover police officer last Thursday.
Ola Mae Agee, 87, wasn’t spending her golden years knitting sweaters, baking apple pies or taking up needle point classes at a local senior citizens center. The elderly drug dealer, who is a retired janitor, was instead running drug deals from her Escambia County apartment.
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Police say the drug deal was caught on video on April 30 and shows Agee letting an undercover officer into her apartment through a back door, then walking him through her home until she arrives at a sofa. Agee is then seen digging into the sofa until she pulls out what appears to be a bag of crack cocaine. The undercover narc then hands Agee $20 and she in turn hands over a piece of the crack cocaine.
Police say this isn’t the first time they’ve busted granny Agee on drug charges. Surprisingly, she has been arrested twice over the past 13 years for crimes involving drugs.
In December 1996, Agee pleaded no contest to possession of a controlled substance with the intent to sell, manufacture or deliver. Two years later, in February 1999, Agee was in the clink once again for possession of cocaine with intent to distribute. Those charges were subsequently dropped, but she served two-years on probation for the 1996 arrest. She was 75 years old at the time.
Police say the arrests of additional suspects are forthcoming in connection with the sale of crack cocaine from Agee’s apartment. Officials say they believe those suspects also sold crack at other houses throughout Escambia County.
Agee, who was escorted to jail by family members, was immediately released from the Escambia County jail Thursday on her own recognizance due to her age.
Shockingly, Agee isn’t the oldest person to be arrested for pushing drugs. In 2004, 96-year-old Julia Roberts of Cleveland County, NC was arrested after Sheriff’s deputies raided her Goforth Road home and found drugs, moonshine and stolen goods. Roberts was arrested, along with her two sons, and charged with possession of crack cocaine with intent to sell and deliver.
Her response to the arresting officers, “I’ve never seen them in my life,” said Roberts. “I don’t know how they could get there.”
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The search warrant affidavit noted that it was the third time Cleveland County deputies had seized crack cocaine at Roberts’ home and a reliable informant told deputies that Roberts hid crack in her prosthetic leg during a previous search.
Capt. Bobby Steen of the Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office said Grandma Roberts, two of her sons and a neighbor were implicated in a scheme to trade crack for stolen property, primarily guns and jewelry. Harold Roberts, 61, was charged with possession of stolen goods along with his brother, James Roberts, 58, who was charged for the moonshine police found during the raid of his mother’s home.