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Elderly woman busted for trafficking meth

Son, his girlfriend also arrested in raid

By Kathy Jefcoats

kjefcoats@news-daily.com

RIVERDALE — Clayton County police arrested an elderly woman Thursday and charged her and two others with trafficking methamphetamine after reportedly finding about a pound of the drug in her house.

Officer Eddie Soto said Lourece Mercer, 76, of Palmetto Way was also charged with possession of less than an ounce of marijuana.

Her son, Mark Andrew Mercer, 45, was also charged with two counts of Violation of Georgia's Controlled Substances Act and possession of a weapon during the commission of a crime. His girlfriend, Stacey Lynn Bishop, 36, of Marietta, was also charged with felony possession of marijuana and Violation of Georgia's Controlled Substances Act.

Soto said officers with the department's Narcotics Unit raided the house after complaints from neighbors about suspicious activity. During a search, they reportedly found a total of 15 ounces of methamphetamine and several ounces of marijuana throughout the house. Soto said they found less than an ounce of marijuana in Lourece Mercer's bedroom.

Mark Mercer and Bishop have extensive drug histories. He was most recently released from state prison in June 2005 after serving more than three years for possession of cocaine, LSD and opiates in Henry and Fayette counties. According to the Georgia Department of Corrections, other convictions involve drug possessions that sent him to prison in 1990 and 1995.

Bishop is on parole until 2015 for a 2010 conviction for trafficking methamphetamine, according to state corrections records. She also served more than four years for trafficking or possession methamphetamine, cocaine and cocaine in Douglas, Butts and Clayton counties.