"Ganja Granny" Case Dismissed at Preliminary Hearing

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Darlene Mayes, a 74 year old grandmother dubbed by the media as the "Ganja Granny", accused of being the ringleader of a multi-state drug operation had her case dismissed at a preliminary hearing on Friday. Her defense attorney, Josh Lee of Ward, Lee and Coats, comments on the case.

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We were certainly prepared for trial and were confident that the jury would see who the real culprit was here, and it wasn’t Darlene.

Darlene Mayes, a 74 year old grandmother in Oklahoma, was accused of being the ringleader of a multi-state drug operation. On Friday, at the request of her defense attorneys Josh Lee and Clint Ward, a judge dismissed the charges, according to court documents (case number CF-2012-69 in District Court of Craig County).

Last year, the arrest of Mrs. Mayes made television and print headlines around the world when, according to court documents, authorities accused her of possessing several pounds of marijuana and nearly $300,000 in cash. Attorney Josh Lee had maintained that Mrs. Mayes is innocent of the charges. Law enforcement officials, however, claimed that she was responsible for a large, multi-state drug operation that was possibly responsible for 40 percent of the marijuana trade in the Grand Lakes area.

“We were certainly prepared for trial and were confident that the jury would see who the real culprit was here, and it wasn’t Darlene. There wasn’t a single second where Darlene entertained the idea of pleading guilty,” said defense attorney Josh Lee about the case. “We had several people come forward wanting to help her." According to the police reports, when her son Jerry Van Dorsey was arrested he implicated his mother for marijuana distribution. Dorsey has since pleaded guilty to felony marijuana distribution charges. (Case number CF-2012-67 in District Court of Craig County)

Lee adds that prosecutors did announce their intention to appeal the Judge’s ruling, so the case is not completely over just yet. Defense attorney Clint Ward said that he was pretty confident that the reviewing Judge would see it the same way stating, “The evidence is just not there to support the charges against Darlene. This was clearly the right decision and we hope it is upheld.”

About Ward, Lee and Coats: Ward Lee and Coats is the premier DUI and Criminal Defense law firm in Oklahoma. They specialize in using forensic science to defend the citizen accused.

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