Case dropped against 74-year-old Vinita woman Darlene Mayes, found with marijuana, guns, $277,000

VINITA, Okla. - The case against an elderly Vinita woman accused of selling hundreds of thousands of dollars in marijuana has been dismissed only days after her 74th birthday.

Darlene Mayes was arrested last April when Craig County deputies found six pounds of marijuana, guns and nearly $277,000 in cash during a raid of her farmhouse.

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A judge sided with the defense Friday, who pointed to an apparent lack of concrete evidence.

State prosecutors, who had requested two firearm possession counts be added to her drug charge, say they plan to appeal the court's decision.

According to police documents, Mayes' son, Jerry Van Dorsey, tipped off deputies to his mother, whom he reportedly had sold marijuana with before an alleged meth habit led to him being cut out of the partnership.

Van Dorsey also admitted to getting his mother started in the business five or six years earlier, the documents state.

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Van Dorsey was sentenced to 15 years in prison in January.

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