When Old Folks Go Bad: Grandma Charged With Running $10 Million “Purple Drank” Ring

Posted by on Oct 25, 2011

Whose granny is this?? A 70-year-old Houston grandmother from the Phillipines has been charged with being the ring leader of a multi million dollar codeine distribution ring. Lucita Uy apparently felt like President Obama was taking to long to up her social security payments and decided to form her own criminal enterprise instead. The grandmother, along with her son Lemuel Libunao and two others, banked at least $10 million and used pharmacies that she owned to purchase 97,000 pints of prescription-strength cough syrup and smuggle them from California to Houston.

According to The Houston Chronicle:

The syrup used in “Purple Drank” goes for $300 to $600 a pint on the streets of Houston, and was enough to provide at least 1.5 million doses, according to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

“This is a big case, but I wish it was the only one,” said Sarah Pullen, a spokeswoman for the DEA in Los Angeles. “It would definitely supply a lot of people.”

And apparently this wasn’t granny’s first brush with the law; she previously served 20 months in federal prison a decade ago for money laundering.

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