PUTNAM COUNTY, Fla. – A Florida man was arrested after asking the local sheriff’s department to test his meth.
Apparently, people believe law enforcement authorities can be so accommodating — so much so that when Douglas Peter Kelly allegedly phoned sheriff’s deputies to tell them he had been sold the wrong illicit drug, they offered to test it for him, reported The Washington Post.
Kelly, from Hawthorne, called the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday to say that he had bought what he thought was methamphetamine; but, after smoking it and having a “violent reaction,” he suspected that he had been given the wrong substance — and he wanted to press charges against the person who sold it to him, deputies said in a Facebook post.
Detectives told the gullible man that they could certainly test the drug for him to ensure it was meth. And, the authorities said, he took them up on it.
“In an effort to ensure the quality of the drug the suspect purchased, detectives told Kelly if he came to the sheriff’s office they could test the narcotic he had purchased,” said the post from the sheriff’s office. “Kelly drove to the sheriff’s office and handed detectives a clear, crystal-like substance wrapped in aluminum foil. The substance field-tested positive for methamphetamine, the drug Kelly intended to purchase.”
Kelly was arrested.
The 49-year-old was charged with possession of methamphetamine and was “walked” over to the jail, according to the Facebook post. His attorney could not be immediately reached for comment.
Authorities in other states have made similar overtures. In May, the Gratis Police Department in Ohio posted a “warning” on Facebook about meth that could be contaminated with the Zika virus and offered to test it — gratis.
The post read:
WARNING: If you have recently purchased Meth in Preble, Montgomery, Darke or Butler Counties it may be contaminated with the Zika Virus. Please bring it to the Gratis Police Department and we will test it for free. If you’re not comfortable coming into our office, please contact us and we’ll test your Meth in the privacy of your home.
It included a disclaimer: “Methamphetamine can’t be a host for the Zika virus.”
The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office said in its Facebook post Wednesday that deputies will test any suspected “bad drugs” free.
“Remember,” the post read, “our detectives are always ready to assist anyone who believes they were misled in their illegal drug purchase.”
Police in Sparta, Wisc. did something similar last year when drug dealers were selling rock salt in lieu of meth.
For those who doubt that cops have a sense of humor, check out this tongue in cheekpost from their Facebook page:
ATTENTION METH USERS!
During an investigation on 01/19/2017, it came to our attention that some of you who recently purchased methamphetamine may have in fact been sold rock salt packaged and sold as meth. We understand how frustrating it is buying something and finding out it’s not what you thought you purchased…like ordering a large T-shirt that turns out to be a size schmedium (sic). If you have recently purchased meth that you feel may be rock salt, please feel free to bring it to the Sparta Police Department for testing. Tests can also be conducted on any meth pipes, needles, or other paraphernalia items you have. We can only imagine how horrible a salty meth pipe is.
Don’t delay, come and see us!
There is no doubt Sparta police offered free presumptive chemical testing on the spot. It was likely to be followed by official lab analysis to accompany the arrest and subsequent booking. Furthermore, a chemist will even testify at trial as to the qualitative and quantitative substance that citizens presented.