FL man calls 911 to have meth tested for authenticity, unfortunately the results were not what he expected

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Perhaps giving a new meaning to the term buyer beware, a Florida man allegedly called 911 from his home to request that cops test his methamphetamine purchase to determine if it was real.

The Tampa-area man, who described himself as “an experienced drug user,” allegedly scored the meth at a local bar but after sampling it, was suspicious that the buy might be bath salts instead, according to the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office. Based on his past meth use, he “knew what it should feel like,” he allegedly told the responding officers.

“Evidently, the substance [he] had recently purchased did not provide the expected sensation, hence the call to 9-1-1,” the law enforcement agency explained in a police report posted to Facebook about the incident that occurred on Thursday evening, March 10.

As requested, deputies field-tested a sample from two baggies handed over by the suspect that allegedly each contained a white crystal-like substance. Both allegedly tested positive for meth.

The suspect, Thomas Eugene Colucci, 41, was then arrested. Upon complaining of chest pains at that point, deputies brought him to a local hospital where a physician medically cleared him. He was then transferred to the Hernando County Detention Center.

Authorities charged Colucci with possession of meth and two counts of drug possession of drug paraphernalia. Bond was set at $7,000. According to detention center records, he was released the following evening.

Prior to the deputies running the quality evaluation, the suspect told them that “he wanted his methamphetamine tested, as he did not want other people to purchase ‘fake’ methamphetamine from the individual who sold it to him. Colucci wanted deputies to ‘put the person in trouble’ for selling dangerous drugs; however, he was unable to provide a name or any contact info for this individual.”

“It was a humanitarian gesture gone wrong — depending upon whom you ask,” the Orlando Sentinel quipped.

As an epilogue to the bust, the police report satirically noted about this unique form of community outreach that “If you, or someone you know, have doubts about the authenticity of any illegal narcotics you have on-hand or have obtained from another person, the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office is pleased to provide this service, FREE of charge.”

All suspects are presumed innocent until or unless they are convicted in a court of law of any alleged crimes.

Parenthetically, and in terms of illegal drug use throughout the entire country, according to a September 2019 Fox News report, “Mexican cartels, have now cornered the market in meth production — and the drug has quickly grown in popularity across the U.S… And it’s now being smuggled into the U.S. through the border at record levels.”

The problem appears to only be getting worse.



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