A 76-year-old man from Deering, New Hampshire, was arrested at his home on May 1 for charges related to trafficking drugs.
According to regional news publication the Union Leader, undercover law enforcement agents engaged in an eight-month investigation that ultimately led to them apprehending Robert "Burton" Johnson. Sgt. Joseph Kelley of the Weare police department stated that Johnson had been selling firearms and prescription pain pills out of his home. Police found 57 guns and seven containers of the drugs in Johnson's residence, as well as $3,100 in cash.
Officials say it is unclear how Johnson - who was once a licensed gun dealer in the 1990s, but is no longer - obtained such a large inventory of firearms.
"We do believe that Mr. Johnson was involved in a substantial operation involving both drugs and firearms," said Kelley. "He was operating like a firearms dealer. It's not everyday we run into this type of stuff. We took this very seriously."
As of right now, Johnson had been charged with three counts of selling a narcotic, reports WMUR.com.
The Union Leader states that the suspect is being held on $9,000 cash bail and is scheduled to be arraigned on May 2 in 6th Circuit Court, Hillsborough District Division.
If you have been accused of a crime in the Granite State, you may want to consider consulting an experienced New Hampshire lawyer. These knowledgeable professionals can review your case and defend you in court, ensuring that you have a fair trial and can move forward with your life as quickly as possible.