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Zebulon man, 76, faces cocaine, gun charges after search at senior-housing apartment

Senior housing is not a common place for arrests, but Zebulon police searched a 76-year-old man’s apartment Tuesday and charged him with cocaine possession with intend to sell and deliver.

Police charged Fred Lynch in mid-afternoon after finding what they said was 2 grams of cocaine in his residence at the Silver Spring community at 601 Pony Road. The community says on its website that it is for people 55 or older.

They also charged Lynch with maintaining a residence to sell and distribute drugs and with possession of a firearm by a felon after they found a Winchester single-shot shotgun last made in 1963.

Lt. Scott Finch said police had received complaints that led them to search Lynch’s apartment, but did not disclose details of those.

Lynch had been convicted in April 2002 of maintaining a dwelling for drugs, and that felony made it illegal for him to have any gun, police said in an arrest warrant.

A magistrate set Lynch’s bail at $20,000 on the three charges, and he was held for a court appearance Wednesday.