Todd Richard, La. man, drugged grandmother to make meth in attic while she slept, police say

Todd Richard
St. Landry Parish Sheriff's Office via CBS affiliate WAFB

(CBS/AP) ARNAUDVILLE, La. - An Arnaudville, La. man drugged his 78-year-old grandmother so he and his friends could make and smoke crystal meth in the attic of the woman's home while she slept, sheriff's deputies in St. Landry say.

Deputies say 35-year-old Todd Richard also is accused of stealing more than $7,000 his grandmother gave him to pay her monthly bills.

Detective says she found out about the theft after Arnaudville disconnected the water from the home she shared with her grandson.

The Advocate reports Richard told detectives he behaved as he did because he has a drug problem.

Richard was arrested Friday on one count each of cruelty to the infirm and exploitation of the infirm, and four counts of distribution of Schedule II narcotics. He reportedly admitted to authorities that he slipped narcotics into his grandmother's food to make her sleep so he could smoke crystal meth in her attic.

CBS affiliate WAFB reports Richard remained in the St. Landry Parish Jail as of Monday morning and bond had not been set.