A woman dubbed the "Ganja Grandma" has been apprehended after authorities alleged that she had been distributing marijuana to recipients in four states, including Missouri. The 73-year-old woman faces drug charges for selling and distributing the drug throughout multiple states.

Police officials say they found about four pounds of marijuana in the woman's home, along with several firearms and more than $275,000 in cash. Investigators claim that the woman had cornered the market in her region with an estimated 40 percent of marijuana sales in the area traced back to her operation. Authorities had spent considerable time searching for the head of a regional drug ring, but they did not discover that the elderly woman was in charge until recently.

The woman's son was also arrested on drug charges after police found him carrying about two pounds of pot, as well as drug paraphernalia and several thousands of dollars in cash. The man had also been driving with a suspended license, according to authorities.

Police say the most surprising part of the bust was the woman's massive amount of cash. When they arrived, authorities estimated she possessed a large amount of pot, but no one anticipated that she would be flush with money. Much of the money was found beneath the woman's mattress, with some additional funds stored in vacuum-sealed bags in her grandchildren's guest room.

Police estimate that the woman has been trafficking marijuana for more than two decades, although that information is unconfirmed. The woman faces formal charges of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, as well as maintaining a dwelling where drugs are kept or sold. She has also been charged with possession of a firearm while committing a felony.

Authorities also say the woman intended to use the money she had stashed away as her retirement fund. Law enforcement will often seize any items they believe were purchased with drug money. In many cases, they need very little proof of how your possessions were paid for in order to seize the items. When this happens, it's not uncommon for family's to lose their car or other assets that can instantly put them in a precarious financial circumstance.

Source: MyFox News, "'Ganja' grandma Darlene Mayes supplied pot to four states," The Daily, April 13, 2012