Approximately six years after the recession engineered by Wall St. caused the greatest economic downturn in American history, no bankers have been arrested. In fact, the only person arrested in connection with the bank fraud underpinning the housing collapse was a man who misrepresented his income on a mortgage application.
But even though federal and local authorities have shown little willingness to hold major fraudsters accountable, authorities are still waging the failed war on drugs. The latest victim of the war on drugs is an elderly woman who has been accused of drug trafficking.
Lillie Smith, 84, has been charged with drug trafficking, conspiracy to commit trafficking, tampering with evidence and possession. The charges stem from a warrant served at her apartment in 2011.
Deputies say Smith allowed her son, Nathan Jones, to deal drugs out of her home.
“There were scales, money, narcotics things of that nature that we generally find with drug trafficking,” Williamson said.
Neighbors told local news affiliate KRQE News 13 that Smith’s problem was that she was too nice and may’ve looked the other way because her son was helping take care of her.
Detectives say the elderly woman had drugs on her person when she was served with the warrant.
“When detectives were on scene she did try to take the narcotics that were on her person out and stash them,” said Williamson.
Smith also has a previous arrest from the 1990’s, so apparently, she is not new to this. The question, really, is whether the American judicial system is prepared to hold all people accountable when laws are broken or whether some people get a pass while others get time behind bars.
Honestly, do you feel any safer now that Ms. Smith is off the street?