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OLYMPIA -- An 80-year-old man faces drug charges for allegedly selling crack cocaine and methamphetamine from his home off Martin Way East.
Police say Calvin D. Ott is the oldest suspected crack dealer they can recall taking into custody. "This whole thing was just a little bit weird all around," Olympia police Detective Sam Costello said. Ott was arrested late Wednesday and released Thursday after posting $10,000 bail. Officers had been looking for him for several hours after searching his home with a warrant. The search turned up a couple of pill bottles loaded with crack and crystal meth, Costello said.
The investigation began with a report from Ott himself about a burglary at his Pattison Street Northeast home. Ott told police he had been assaulted in an attempted home invasion and that several of his things had been stolen.
Detectives trying to identify the suspect in the burglary spoke with people who told them about Ott's alleged drug transactions, Costello said.
Police now think that he was ripped off by someone he knew through the drug business, Costello said.
"Unfortunately, he's been involved in a lot of different criminal activity for a long period of time. He has less ability to protect himself now from the younger drug crowd, and they're kind of taking advantage of him and stealing his things," Costello said.
Ott no longer is cooperating with the burglary investigation, he said.
"He may actually be the victim of a crime but he's not participating enough in the investigation for us to be able to solve it," he said.
Ott wasn't home when detectives arrived with a search warrant based on evidence they had gathered. Police arrested him several hours later during a traffic stop, Costello said. He was booked on suspicion of unlawful delivery of a controlled substance.
He denied any involvement with drugs when detectives first spoke with him earlier on Tuesday at his home, which had a closed-circuit security camera system. During that visit, police spotted balance sheets scribbled with a record of financial transactions, Costello said. Ott told detectives he was keeping track of money he had loaned.
Crack is a rocklike form of cocaine that can be smoked and delivers an instant euphoric high. Its use and association with street violence rose during the 1980s and early 1990s until methamphetamine became more popular.
Thursday marked Ott's second arrest in less than a year on a drug-related offense. Last August, Lacey police detectives arrested him after he sold meth to a police informant, court documents say.
In that case, he allegedly drove to an area near Martin Way and College Street to meet the informant, Lacey police Lt. Phil Comstock said. In his pocket was $803, along with seven checks made out to him from various people, court documents say.
He was charged in Thurston County Superior Court last year and the case was referred to the county's Drug Court, where offenders can get the charge dismissed if they complete an intensive chemical dependency program and stay clean. It was unclear Thursday whether he was allowed entry into the program.
Costello said police recovered a paint sprayer that belonged to Ott and was reported missing. The item was found at the home of a girl who once lived with the suspect, he said.
note: I wonder if his buddies got a senior citizen discount?