Cops: Health aide used patient's home for drug operation

Police charged a home health aide with receiving marijuana with intent to sell at her employers' Southport residence.

Police charged a home health aide with receiving marijuana with intent to sell at her employers’ Southport residence.

A health aide employed to care for an elderly patient at his Southport home was arrested Nov. 19 on charges related to receiving marijuana at that home for distribution.

Fairfield police arrested Joan B. Mitchell, of Fenton Avenue in the Bronx, and charged her with possession of  more than one kilo of marijuana with intent to sell and possession of marijuana within 1,500 feet of a school, among other charges.

According to the report, Mitchell, who had worked for two years as a live-in nurse’s aide at the Southport home near the Eagle Hill School, received two packages via Fed Ex at the home on Wednesday, Nov. 19.

Police said the packages, which had been flagged as suspicious by Fed Ex and subsequently examined by Fairfield Police and the Fairfield Police canine, Ruger, contained a total of 24 pounds of marijuana, pressed and encased in cellophane. Police watched Mitchell bring the packages into the house from the front porch Wednesday.

Mitchell has allegedly received packages at the same address from the same unknown person for months.

Police said the bed-ridden homeowner was unaware of the packages and was not involved in any of the alleged criminal activity.

Mitchell posted $10,000 in bond and is due in court on Dec. 1.

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