GREENSBORO — A Facebook picture shows 35-year-old Penny McCrimmon standing at a podium talking to a crowd of people about how she overcame her criminal past to become a successful business leader.
A month after that speech, the State Bureau of Investigation began “Operation Cash Cab,” a six-month investigation into McCrimmon and a major drug organization in the Triad.
At the end of that investigation, McCrimmon, a High Point resident, was one of 11 people charged with drug trafficking after search warrants yielded 11 kilos of heroin, 8 kilos of cocaine, 50 pounds of marijuana, $171,000, six firearms, a 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, a 2015 Rolls-Royce Wraith and $426,000 worth of jewelry.
Comments on the photograph of McCrimmon’s speech showed up quickly after news of the arrests.
“More like became a drug dealer and help others deal drugs. Already back in jail,” one person wrote.
“It’s always these ones that try to be a hero to cover up their criminal behavior,” a second person wrote.
Those comments became the first clue to Greensboro’s Human Relations Commission that their speaker