An 80-year-old woman has been arrested and accused of selling crack cocaine to undercover police officers in Alabama. Fannie Mae Victor, from Montevallo, in Shelby County, is reported to have sold the drugs to officers inside her home.

Victor was arrested as part of a four-month sting operation launched by the Shelby County Drug Enforcement Task Force, who say they bought drugs from Victor multiple times. Police say that Victor has previous convictions for drug charges.

Two arrest warrants for the unlawful distribution of crack cocaine were issued against the elderly woman on Tuesday 13 September. The next day she surrendered to the Chilton County Sheriff's Office before being released after posting $20,000 (£13,000) bond.

A report by WBRC News said that Victor was allegedly a "well-known drug dealer in two counties" and that officers were also able to buy other narcotics. Task force Lt. Clay Hammac said: "This is certainly a unique case, simply for the fact that we do not typically encounter 80- year-olds in the business of selling cocaine".

He added: "However, her age does not grant immunity from the law. Cocaine is a predatory drug, and regardless of age, we will continue to seek out area drug dealers and put them behind bars."

News website AL.com say that court records show Victor has multiple prior arrests. In 2009, she pleaded guilty to drug distribution and drug possession and sentenced to 10 years in prison, serving just 18 months.

Crack cocaine is a crystal form of cocaine which is considered one of the most addictive drugs on the planet. Users heat the drug, with its name coming from the cracking or popping sound when heated. The most potent form of cocaine, it is between 75 per cent and 100 per cent pure, far stronger and more potent than regular cocaine.