Man Reportedly Asked Cops To Test Meth After Bad Reaction To Drug

By Keri Blakinger 06/18/18

“If you believe you were sold bad drugs, we are offering a free service to test them for you,” Florida police wrote on Facebook after the arrest.

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A Florida man was arrested last week after asking cops to test his meth for him so he could “press charges” against the dealer who supposedly ripped him off. 

Douglas Peter Kelly called detectives on Tuesday to report a “violent reaction” to some drugs he’d bought a week earlier. He was afraid he’d been given some sub-par speed, but the detectives on the other end of the phone offered to help.

“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 purchased,” the sheriff’s office later wrote on Facebook.

So the 49-year-old man drove to the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office to fork over the foil-wrapped crystals for testing. 

Though he’d feared the substance was actually the synthetic drug Flakka, a field test showed it was indeed the meth his dealer promised. 

Unfortunately, instead of congratulating him on his solid purchase, police arrested the Hawthorne man and charged him with felony drug possession. He was booked into the county jail and later released on $2,500 bond, according to The Smoking Gun.

Afterward, the sheriff’s office posted on Facebook a tongue-in-cheek reminder of their services. 

“If you believe you were sold bad drugs, we are offering a free service to test them for you,” they wrote. “Our detectives are always ready to assist anyone who believes they were misled in their illegal drug purchase.”

Last year, another Florida man found himself behind bars after a similar blunder. David Blackmon of Fort Walton Beach called police in July 2017 to report that someone had swiped a bag of blow from his car, according to the Miami Herald

After Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrived on scene to investigate, Blackmon explained that he was a drug dealer and some ne’er-do-well had busted into his parked car and stolen a quarter-ounce of cocaine along with some cash.

Deputies found a crack rock still in the car along with a pipe, and ultimately Blackmon was arrested for resisting, paraphernalia and cocaine possession. He was booked into the county jail and released on $4,000 bond.

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Keri Blakinger is a former drug user and current reporter living in Texas. She covers breaking news for the Houston Chronicle and previously worked for the New York Daily News and the Ithaca Times. She has written about drugs and criminal justice for the Washington Post, Salon, Quartz and more. She loves dogs and is not impressed by rodeo food. Find Keri on LinkedIn and Twitter.