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Police arrest elderly woman on drug charges

A 79-year-old woman was charged with being a "public nuisance" after police searched her home with a narcotics warrant. Authorities executed the warrant at the woman's home in Fort Walton Beach. According to police, the woman's home is well-known in the area for being a place of criminal activity -- which includes the alleged sale and distribution of illegal drugs.

Police further allege that the woman's home was the site of a homicide, multiple shootings and various drug crimes. During the most recent search of the woman's home, police say that they found a stolen gun, ecstasy, marijuana and other controlled substances, including medications without a prescription. Police also say they found drug paraphernalia, including digital scales, glass marijuana pipes, marijuana grinders and drug packaging materials.

The elderly woman who owns the home was arrested and charged with maintaining a drug residence and possessing drug paraphernalia and other contraband items. When police arrived, they found seven additional people in the residence. These individuals were identified and later released. Authorities are continuing their investigations into the home and the people who frequented it, so further charges could be pending for these and other individuals.

The accused woman in this case has -- as of yet -- not been convicted of any of the charges police are bringing forward. However, this does not mean that she won't be convicted at a later time. As such, she will want to carefully plan her criminal defense to avoid the threat of serious punishments that include jail time. Even in cases where conviction is likely, criminal defendants may be able to negotiate a plea bargain to receive a reduction in punishments.

Source: nwfdailynews.com, "Elderly woman charged in drug bust," Dec. 15, 2017

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