Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Grandma Convicted in Heroin Sale.

Byline: Jeff Jones Journal Staff Writer

73-Year-Old To Be 2nd Oldest in Prison

Grandma's going to the pen.

Vickie "Grandma" Epperson, a 73-year-old Albuquerque woman, made her way into a state District Courtroom with the help of a walker Wednesday afternoon and pleaded no contest to trafficking heroin.

"I can't hear too good," the small woman in the floral-print dress and black sweater told Judge James F. Blackmer during the hearing. But she said she understood exactly what was taking place.

It's the second heroin trafficking conviction for Epperson. Her first conviction took place while she was in her late 60s.

An undercover detective involved in the latest case has said he knew Epperson as "Miss Vickie," but she told him other dealers and buyers knew her simply as "Grandma. …

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