A man in Florida thought his meth dealer was cheating him, so he decided to get law enforcement involved.
Douglas Kelly, 49, from Hawthorne reportedly told police that he had a bad reaction after he smoked some meth he had purchased from a dealer.
So he called the Putnam County Sheriff’s office Tuesday and asked if they would test the drugs for him, authorities said. He apparently wanted to press charges against his dealer if he had been sold some other narcotic instead of meth.
Of course, the sheriff’s office agreed. Police told Kelly that if he came to the sheriff’s office, they would run the tests for him. This was apparently just what Kelly had wanted to hear.
According to the Putnam County Sheriff’s Facebook page, “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.”
What happened next played out just about how most people would expect. Police arrested Kelly on possession of meth. They walked him to the Putnam County Jail, where he was held on $5,000 bond.
The sheriff’s office encouraged other drug users to follow Kelly’s example. The top of the post read: “PUBLIC NOTICE: If you believe you were sold bad drugs, we are offering a free service to test them for you.”
The post concluded: “Remember, our detectives are always ready to assist anyone who believes they were misled in their illegal drug purchase.”
Unfortunately, meth use has risen dramatically in the United States over the past decade. In Florida, the number of crystal-meth seizures by police — 267 — was more than triple what it had been in 2012.
The meth that has been seized has also been stronger. The Miami Herald reported that much of the new meth is cooked outside the U.S. and then smuggled into the country by Mexican drug cartels.
Unlike meth cooked locally, this new variety is nearly 100 percent pure. In 2016, 621 people in Florida died with meth on their person. That was double what it was the year before.