POLK COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - By Donna McCollum - email
POLK COUNTY, Texas (KTRE) - Most grandparents have treats in their refrigerator. Wilma McQueen is said to have more than 538 grams of cocaine. Her home also stored more than 20-thousand dollars in cash, according to law enforcement.
"It's always the grandmother," said neighbor Ryan Aswell. "No one really suspects the grandma and then when it happens, uhmm, that was obvious."
Neighbors across the street watched the bust go down.
"Three county cops and state troopers and everything and two unmarked SUV vehicles," neighbor Robert Fuller said.
McQueen, 83, reportedly admitted to the DPS, FBI and Polk County Sheriff's Office that she was the middle person in the delivery of narcotics. Now this six-foot chain link fence around her house might make sense. She claims she took over the job from her husband. He died last year.
"They really didn't venture out much and everything and the cops were there before and stuff, so it kinda hinted something was going down," Fuller said.
McQueen's grandchildren live on adjoining property. They said their grandmother was too upset to give her side of the story.
They claim to know nothing of any drug activity.
"You can't do the time, don't do the crime," Aswell said. "I don't know what she was doing, but if she gets charged for it, it's on her."
Ironically, McQueen's house is just down the road from the Escapee RV village. Retirees there spend time geocaching and exchanging recepies.
"I don't think she has any break than anyone else," retiree Kenneth Machen said. "She's old enough to know that it's against the law and she's violating the law if she's dealing cocaine."
McQueen may one day give her side of the story. Did she have money problems, did fear provoke her or did was she a drug dealer from a different generation?
McQueen is charged with possession of a controlled substance and money laundering.
Officers located 538.65 grams of cocaine from a refrigerator inside the residence and seized $20,462 in cash, two pistols, two rifles and two shotguns, according to the DPS report.
McQueen was booked into the Polk County Jail, where she posted a $50,000 bond.