Most senior citizens want to spend their “golden years” in comfort, free of stress. It is pretty rare for the elderly to become involved in the criminal underworld. In September, statistics from the Bureau of Justice show people 55 and older only account for ten percent of the prison population in the United States. Folks 65 and older only account for two percent. Those statistics will likely be added to, following the case of four senior citizens knocked for running a million dollar operation, selling synthetic cannabis, a potentially dangerous drug that has gained in popularity in recent years.
Authorities in Pennsylvania arrested Richard David Sallade, 71; Patricia Ann Quinn, 67; Craig William Pfister, 50; and Bruce Alan Johnson, 67. When the suspects had been rounded up, law enforcement agents had collected 360 pounds of the hazardous synthetic weed. That amount is said to be $1.6 million. According to ABC News:
Sallade allegedly received multiple packages of synthetic drugs at his business in Cranberry Township, with shipments coming from New York and Massachusetts, according to prosecutors.
The group would sell the drugs from tobacco and drug-paraphernalia shops operated by Sallade and Quinn, and customers came from Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia, prosecutors allege.
Sallade and Quinn had bails of $50,000. Bail for Pfister and Johnson was set at $10,000 a piece. All four individuals were freed after posting. Never the less each senior citizen will have to stand before a judge at some time in the future. That date has not yet been set.