Every once in awhile, we come across a story of elderly folks slinging drugs to make ends meet. Today, we present the story of Pedro J. Rodriguez, a 74-year-old resident of a Taunton, MA, old folks’ apartment complex.
On Friday, police monitored Rodriguez’s moves after getting a search warrant to search his Richard Dewert Terrace apartment for cocaine. Every day, Rodriguez would get into his 2010 Toyota Tacoma and go to various stores, spending about half hour in each one, scratching lotto tickets much of the time. Once the cops got his routine down, they stopped him and searched him. In his pockets, he had a 15 baggies of coke (nine were in a prescription bottle), $235 in cash and his cell phone.
The cops then explained that they would search Rodriguez’s apartment and he complied. According to Wicked Local:
In the apartment police located the one-pound one-ounce bag of marijuana in Rodriguez’ bureau, two large sealed bags of cocaine on the shelf in the closet, smaller baggies of cocaine, $664 in cash, sandwich baggies, digital scales and an EBT card in his name.
When police asked Rodriguez about the two big blocks of cocaine he said he did not know what they were and “a friend asked him to hold them.”
In the bedroom closet police found a Husky cabinet filled with boxes, sleeves and bottles of silver coins and collectible currency including dozens of Kennedy half dollars, dozens of silver American Eagle coins, sleeves of coin proof sets, silver dollars and uncut paper currency.
The police believe that Rodriguez was laundering his cash by buying the coins, which were seized along with his car. The three pounds of coke discovered have been valued at $150,000. Rodriguez has been charged with trafficking cocaine and possession with intent to distribute cannabis.