By: Glenn Bolin, News 14 Carolina
SHELBY, N.C. – Police in Shelby recently made one of the largest weapons seizures in the department’s history. The confiscations were part of a drug bust at the home of a 70-year-old man.
Officers found a cache of hand guns, rifles and shot guns, as well as a barrel full of ammunition, during a prescription drug raid at Jerry Cooke’s house. Lt. Tim Walker said Cooke would sell the drugs from a walk-up window in his home.
“You could literally walk up instead of entering through the door; you walk up to the door, turn to your right and there is a small window, and he would actually deal through that window,” Walker said. “That’s where we found a lot of the prescription medication that was bottled with the amount on the bottle -- $5 per pill.”
Despite the severity of the charges, Cooke has still not been arrested. He remains at his home preparing for his stay in jail.
According to police, Cooke is wheelchair-bound with lots of health issues. They think he was selling the drugs in order to afford the medication he needed for himself.
“It is my opinion that he was simply off-setting the cost of the extreme amount of medication he has to take – he just tried to make money at it,” Walker said.