Police arrests 64-year-old man for cooking & selling meth drug

Police arrests 64-year-old man for cooking & selling meth drug

An elderly California man has been taken into custody by police on suspicion of cooking and distributing an illegal drug called methamphetamine (meth) from his apartment at a retirement community.

Robert Short, 64, was pulled over by Fresno police officers for a routine traffic check on Saturday night. When the officers searched his car, they discovered four ounces of meth, a scale and some small plastic bags.

Fresno Police Lt. Joe Gomez said the officers searched the old man's car as he was on supervised release because of his involvement in previous drug sales.

The discovery of the drug in his car prompted investigators to search his apartment in the California League-Fresno Village. That search exposed half-pound of meth in crystal form with a street value of more than $1,700, a small quantity of heroin and some equipment for a small meth lab.

Lt. Gomez said he was surprised to find that a man would do all that at such a mature age. He added that Short chose the retirement community as a location for his illegal drug business thinking nobody would suspect his illegal work.

Speaking on the topic, Lt. Gomez said, "Just shocking someone that age would do that, but actually a perfect place to do it, right? Retirement village, who would suspect it going on there."

Robin Schramek, one of Short's neighbors at the retirement community, said Short joined the community just three to four months ago and the community members didn't know him very well.

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