A 77- year old pastor is doing more than praising the lord with her free time. Gussie Smith has just been charged with trafficking Oxycodone, a dangerous drug. Gussie is the pastor of the Church of Jesus in Lake County, Florida. The drug arrests are still coming, since the grandma pastor is part of a larger drug ring.
The Sheriff’s Department took Gussie in and are not releasing the details of her arrest until later this week. She was released on $50,000 bond. People in the community don’t believe any of this and say that the charges must be fabricated. They say that Ms. Smith has been the pastor at their church for as long as nearly anyone remembers, and that she would never do such a thing.
Alfred Drayton told a local news station that he doesn’t believe it.
“Yeah, that’s Ms. Gussie, I can’t believe that. I don’t believe that,” said Drayton.
“I can’t imagine what happened, but I can’t see her trafficking any drugs, either,” he continued.
Gussie wasn’t the only one to go down with the drug sting. Over 16 people have been arrested, and two others are on the run. Gussie’s daughter has an explanation for why her mom might have had the pills on her when she was arrested.
“She’s been hurt for years. She got hurt on her job … been taking pills,” said Smith’s daughter, Jessie Jones.
“That’s what I want to know. I haven’t got all the information,” said Jones.