In this 2010 file photo a police officer counts pills containing pseudoephedrine during a raid of a suspected meth house. / Jeff Roberson, AP
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - A 64-year-old Northern California man has been arrested by police on suspicion of cooking methamphetamine in his apartment at a retirement community.
Robert Short was pulled over by police in a routine traffic stop in Fresno late Saturday. During the stop, officers learned that Short was on supervised release for selling meth. While conducting a search of his car, they found 4 ounces of crystal meth, plastic bags and an electronic scale, Sgt. Brian Valles said.
Investigators then went to Short's apartment at the California League-Fresno Village. There, they found a half-pound of crystal meth with a street value of about $1,700, some heroin and materials for a small meth lab, Valles said.
Short was booked into the Fresno County jail on suspicion of several drug charges. It is not known when he will make his first appearance in court or if he has retained a lawyer.
Police said the evidence found in Short's car and apartment were consistent with someone selling meth.
"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?" Lt. Joe Gomez told KFSN-TV.
Short's neighbors at the senior housing facility say despite the tight-knit community there, they didn't know Short, who kept to himself.
"I would never guess that anything like that would go on at a senior citizen village," tenant Robin Schramek told the TV station.
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