72-Year-Old Milkman Delivered Pot, Too

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 7, 2009 12:23 PM CST
Robert Holding left more than just milk on the doorstep.   (Shutterstock)
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(Newser) – Robert Holding believed he was providing a “public service” when he put a little something extra in his milk deliveries. Police nabbed the 72-year-old for selling pot to 17 pensioners in the UK for at least 6 months, the Daily Telegraph reports. Holding’s elderly customers—the oldest is 92—would leave notes on their doorsteps requesting the drugs, to help them manage their aches and pains.

Holding admits selling the drugs, but his lawyers argued that he made very little profit on the sales. The judge didn’t buy the public service defense—“You did it for profit,” she declared—but spared Holding from prison anyway, as an “act of mercy” because his wife has Alzheimer’s and depends on him.