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85-year-old woman faces second drug charge in four years

By Lyndsey Price, lprice@wcyb.com
Published On: Aug 01 2013 04:57:44 PM CDT
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KINGSPORT, Tenn. -

Kingsport Police tell us an 85-year-old woman is facing drug charges for the second time in four years.

Police tell us Pearl Jones is facing drug charges after they found numerous Lortab pills inside her home. Click here to read more about the arrest.

Kingsport Police Public Information Officer Tom Patton tells us this wasn't the first time she's been in trouble. "Ms. Jones was on probation for a previous drug arrest. This arrest actually violated her probation," adds Patton.

Patton tells us inside the home they found food stamps, gift cards, and even pets that were traded for the pills. "They searched the house and searched Ms. Jones. They were able to find a quantity of hydrocodone in the form of Lortab pills as well as about $12,000 in cash," says Patton.

Now one neighbor, Kristen Lane, tells us she hopes this arrest will put an end to all the traffic that's been coming through their neighborhood. "They've actually came in our driveway to hit that alley and you can tell they're under the influence," adds Lane.

When Lane found out the age of Jones, she wasn't surprised, "It's nothing for an 80-some-year-old woman to do if its nothing for a 14 or 15-year-old to get in trouble. The whole society now with drugs is just unbelievable," says Lane.

Patton tells us the age of Jones shouldn't surprise people because oftentimes older people have more access to medication. "We don't necessarily look at an 85-year-old woman and look at her as a helpless grandmother. Perhaps we look at her in this case as a criminal," adds Patton.    

Meanwhile, Lane is hoping this arrest will stop Jones and other from doing drugs again. "I'd just like to see everybody that's involved with drugs just to wake up and realize what they're doing to everybody out here and the kids," says Lane.

Jones was arraigned in court Wednesday and was released on a $50,000 bond.

Timothy Farley was staying with Jones at the time he was arrested and charged with possession of drug paraphernalia. Farley is out on bond.