A woman who authorities say is the queen of the Vice Lords is back on the streets, without making an appearance in court.
Patrice Graham, 35, was released from the Forrest County jail at 9:38 Wednesday night, less than 12 hours after being arrested on drug charges by the Hattiesburg NET team at her home on Martin Luther King Drive.
In what some courthouse observers say was a highly unusual move, Hattiesburg municipal court Judge Ed Pittman Jr. faxed the jail her bond papers last night before graham was properly processed, fingerprinted, photographed or taken to court for an initial hearing.
Graham, who authorities say is notoriously connected to area gangs, is charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent within 1,500 feet of a church or school, which carries an enhanced sentence, and sale of a controlled substance.
Pittman set her bond at $20,000 on the possession charge and $10,000 on the sale charge.
Pittman told 7 ON YOUR SIDE Thursday afternoon that it isn't unusual to post bond before a court appearance. He said he knew she had prior convictions, but at the time did not know she was alleged to be closely aligned with gang members.