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Fresno police take down retirement home meth lab

Retirement home "actually a perfect place" to cook meth, say local police.
By Matt Bradwell   |   June 16, 2014 at 5:01 PM

FRESNO, Calif., June 16 (UPI) -- Fresno police have arrested a 64-year-old after discovering he was cooking methamphetamine in his apartment in a retirement home.

Robert Short was pulled over Saturday as part of a routine traffic stop, but when police searched his car they found four ounces of crystal meth, plastic bags and scale.

"When the officers searched the car they located four ounces of methamphetamine in the car, which is a lot of methamphetamine, so that's consistent with somebody who's selling," Fresno Police Lt. Joe Gomez told local ABC affiliate KFSN.

A search of Short's apartment in a community for seniors turned up an additional half-pound of the illegal narcotic.

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

Short is in Fresno County jail awaiting trial for separate charges of transportation, possession and sale of narcotics, as well as processing methamphetamine near a school.

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