Saturday, April 22, 2006

Texas Woman, 76, Faces Heroin Charges

A 76-year-old woman accused of producing and selling heroin from her home has been arrested. Esther Gomez had allegedly been selling black-tar heroin out of her home for years, according to Bexar County Sheriff's Lt. Darrell Sanders.

On Thursday, Gomez was arrested after authorities received information that led to a search warrant. She was charged with possession with intent to deliver and released on a $20,000 bond.

Sanders said Gomez ran her business for about three hours each morning as she sat on her back porch.

"It's a good cover, right?" Sanders said. "Who would ever expect it?"

Officials said they saw "several transactions," and discovered inside her home 34 grams of black-tar heroin and six grams of cut heroin inside several plastic baggies in her purse. Officers also found a coffee grinder they said was used to cut the heroin.

Sheriff's deputies also seized a 2005 Lincoln Town Car, which had been paid for in cash, a 1983 Mercedes, and about $40,000 worth of jewelry, Sanders said. According to state law, any property purchased with illegal income is subject to seizure.



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