Whitesburg KY

‘Granny Morphine’ gets release

Shock probation has been granted to an elderly woman who was sentenced to 20 years in prison in March 2006 for dealing in narcotics.

Joetta Charles, 65, was sentenced to serve 10 years for selling OxyContin and five years for being in possession of narcotics at the time of her arrest. Charles, who was referred to by one witness in the case as “Granny Morphine,” was given another five years for selling drugs within 1,000 feet of a school. Letcher Circuit Judge Sam Wright ordered the sentences to be served consecutively.

Charles was convicted in January 2006 of first-degree trafficking in narcotics, first-degree possession of narcotics, and trafficking within 1,000 feet of a school.

According to testimony in the trial, Charles sold OxyContin from her home in Goodwater Falls to an informant working with the Letcher County Sheriff ‘s Department. The same informant later bought the anti-anxiety medicine Xanax from Charles in the parking lot of the Rite Aid store near West Whitesburg Elementary School.

She was arrested April 29, 2004 after morphine and OxyContin were found during a search of her home.

Wright signed an order granting Charles shock probation on July 3. She will remain on probation under the supervision of the Division of Probation and Parole for five years as long as she maintains good and lawful behavior; reports to the probation and parole office in Clark County; and pays a supervision fee of $15 a month and drug testing fee of $10.

Charles was released from prison under the highest level of supervision and will be randomly tested for drugs at least three times a week.

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