Elderly crack user finished with drug The Associated Press SARASOTA, Fla. - An 88-year-old man caught trying to buy crack cocaine promised a judge he was finished with the drug and in return was granted an 18-month probation.

"I feel like what I got is fair," said widower Deo Dubbs, who police believe is one of the oldest people in the country to be arrested on a charge of purchasing the drug. "Eighteen months, if I live that long, that's not much."

Dubbs said he sought the drug because he was bored and sick of watching television. He liked the "little pep" that cocaine helped bring to relieve his aches and pains, he said.

Circuit Judge Stephen Dakan warned the retired school maintenance worker and bus driver not to violate probation, risking jail.

Dubbs must also complete 25 hours community service and occasionally take a drug test.

"I won't be back," Dubbs told Dakan.

Dubbs, who for 10 years has been a volunteer at the Senior Friendship Center, serving meals and helping out less mobile elderly patrons, was arrested Jan. 28.

Police said he bought two pieces of crack cocaine from an undercover officer for $10.

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