Palatka, FL – A man called the sheriff on Tuesday to complain that he had been sold some bad drugs.
Douglas Peter Kelly, 49, told the sheriff’s department that he’d purchased some methamphetamine and had a “bad reaction” after smoking it, according to a post on the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office’s Facebook page.
Kelly told the sheriff’s office he thought he’d been sold the wrong narcotic because of his “violent reaction.” He told detectives in the Drug Unit that he wanted his bogus meth tested so he could press charges against the person who sold it to him if it wasn’t real, according to the department’s post.
“In an effort to ensure the quality of the drug the suspect purchased,” the sheriff’s office said they told Kelly that they would be happy to help him. They invited him to bring his drugs down to their office so they could test it for him.
Kelly drove to the sheriff’s office and presented them with his drugs. Detectives described it as a “crystal-like substance wrapped in aluminum foil” in their Facebook post.
The drug field-tested positive for methamphetamine, the drug Kelly had intended to purchase, the sheriff’s office said.
So they gave Kelly the good news – and then they arrested him and charged him with possession of methamphetamine.
Deputies walked him over to the Putnam County Jail where he was held on a $5,000 bond, according to the department’s Facebook post.
Numerous police departments across the country have posted jokes on social media that they would test drugs for contaminants, and that people just need to bring in their drugs for testing. However, Kelly came up with the idea entirely on his own, this time.
The sheriff’s office appeared to find it a useful strategy for the future though, as their post about Kelly’s arrest began with the header: “PUBLIC NOTICE: If you believe you were sold bad drugs, we are offering a free service to test them for you.”