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Posted: June 17, 2014

Real-life 'Breaking Bad'? 64-year-old allegedly had meth lab in retirement village

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By Jay Strubberg

FRESNO, Calif. —

Activities for senior citizens at retirement villages usually consist of things like knitting, light aerobics, maybe playing puzzles ... but probably not this one.

California police reportedly made a "routine traffic stop" of 64-year-old Robert Short near his home in Fresno. Officers then discovered Short was on "supervised release" for previous meth sales. KMPH said officiers then searched his car and found scales, baggies and four ounces of the illegal white powder – enough to make the cops believe he was selling it. (Via KSEEKMPH)

Authorities then searched Short's nearby apartment located in a quiet retirement village – yes, a retirement village – and, according to the Fresno Bee, stumbled onto all kinds of illegal goodies such as "meth, heroin and a small meth lab," including "a half pound of crystal meth with a street value of $1,700."

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Village residents said Short had just moved in about three months ago but was kind of a loner and didn't really get involved with the community – but were still surprised this would happen in such a seemingly innocent location.

"It's shocking. I would never guess something like that would go on at a senior citizen village." (Via KFSN)

A Fresno official told KFSN it's definitely an odd location but does make sense. "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?"

Short was arrested and taken to Fresno County Jail, where he's facing several drug charges.

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