Grandmother Arrested, Taken Into Custody For 29-Year-Old Marijuana Charge

New York, New York–(ENEWSPF)–


A 74-year-old Hamilton grandmother and health-care support worker had spoken openly with her family about a drug charge she received in New York City nearly 30 years ago — a charge she believed was settled and in her past, said the woman’s daughter.

But an April 1, 1980, warrant for possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute remained on the books. And with no statute of limitations on drug charges, Homenella Cole was arrested by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers on Monday and remains in state custody.

The warrant cites 12 pounds of marijuana found in Cole’s possession 29 years ago, said a border officer. Cole would have been in her mid-40s at the time.

She later described the incident as a "mistake" in her past, "she said it was all resolved," said Cole’s daughter Charmaine from her Hamilton home. "She had no idea."

Fighting back tears, she said she hasn’t spoken with her mother since the arrest and has received little information from U.S. officials.

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