KINGSPORT — An 85-year-old woman has been jailed after SWAT descended on her Kingsport home — marking her second arrest related to drug distribution in four years.
At approximately 7:30 Tuesday night, a search warrant was executed at 1138 Fairview Ave., the home of Pearl M. Jones. KPD Public Information Officer Tom Patton said vice detectives obtained the warrant as the result of an ongoing drug investigation.
With authorization to search both the residence and Jones, who was present, police allegedly located “a quantity” of hydrocodone. Patton said it was in the form of Lortab pills.
Police reportedly discovered additional evidence, including $1,200 cash, that implicated Jones in the illegal sale of narcotics. The money was seized by investigators.
Jones was arrested and charged with maintaining a dwelling where narcotics are sold, stored or used. She also was charged with possession of Schedule IV drugs for resale within 1,000 feet of a school. Her residence is about one block from Roosevelt Elementary School.
Police said a second individual was at the home when the warrant was executed, and identified it as also being his residence. Timothy Farley, 42, reportedly was sitting on a cushion that covered items used to ingest narcotics. He was arrested and charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.
A search of the Times-News archives reveals Jones was one of 46 people indicted in a lengthy drug investigation launched in 2008. In September 2009, Kingsport police publicly announced the operation, saying the sale of Oxycontin was initially the target.
During the course of that investigation, detectives reportedly discovered other narcotics activity. In the subsequent roundup Jones, then 81, was charged with two counts of selling a Schedule III narcotic and maintaining a dwelling where illegal narcotics are sold, stored or used.