KELSEYVILLE, LAKE COUNTY – Usually when people retire from a career, they keep a few things around from their old line of work – remembrances, awards, or the tools of their trade. But that’s not how it’s supposed to go when you’re a retired drug dealer.
63-year-old Gary Gene Ross is a convicted felon out on probation. On Tuesday this week at 5 pm, Sheriff’s Narcotics detectives came to Ross’s house on Gaddy Lane to conduct a routine probation search to insure he was living up to the standards of his probation. According to a Sheriff’s press release, the detectives, under the search and seizure clause of Ross’ probation, took a look around the property, and had one of their canine partners with them. She did her search, and as she explored a shed on the property, gave her handlers a positive alert. The detectives checked out the shed, and saw that the dog was especially excited about an air compressor inside.
Taking a look around the compressor, they noticed a couple of black nylon bags attached to the body of the compressor with magnets. Both bags were full of methamphetamine – one had two larger plastic bags full of it, and the other had several smaller bags full. Ross, when asked about it, said that yes, they were his, and even showed them where his digital scale was. He did, however, maintain that he was not selling or using the drugs.
Ross was arrested once again, and booked at the County’s Hill Road Correctional Facility. The meth collected was determined to weigh in at 37.8 grams, or 1.33 ounces. He was charged with possession of a controlled substance for sale and violating the terms and conditions of his probation. Perhaps when he is back out again, he can enjoy retirement without any souvenirs of the past.