Theresa Anderson (pictured), a snaggle-toothed grandma who reportedly had one of the most profitable crack dealing businesses in Buffalo, N.Y., for over a dozen years, was arrested a year ago, along with her common-law husband, son, three daughters, two of the daughter’s boyfriends and a granddaughter.
And now that Anderson is about to be sentenced this week and is facing 17 1/2 years on conspiracy charges, the folks on her old block miss her immensely because they felt secure with her around, reports the New York Daily News.
Apparently, Anderson ran quite a 24-hour, 7-days a week, crackerjack, crack operation that allegedly involved employing a throng of family members and neighborhood folks to operate her drug-fueled mini-empire. According to police, the 58-year-old woman owned 10 houses in a dilapidated area. It was out of these homes that she allegedly ran her crack business.
Even though Anderson’s business tactics were reportedly cut-throat to the point of running out her competitors through intimidation and violence, she did, according to neighbors, keep the area prostitute-free, clean and safe for folks who lived there.
Anderson paid lookouts to keep police at bay, until a SWAT team swooped down on her crack business in February of last year and raided all of the homes she owned. Now the properties are abandoned and attract unwanted criminal activity.
The area residents who misses Anderson’s watchful eye even escalated their complaints to City Councilman David Franczyk whose district covers the crack dealer’s former haunt. He told the New York Daily News, “It’s a sad commentary. It’s like the old days of Prohibition when you looked for the mob to keep order on your street. … But it’s a false sense of security. She’s bringing criminals into the neighborhood.”