Woman Arrested After Asking Cops To Test Her Meth

By Kelly Burch 10/11/19

It’s not the first time that a person has contacted law enforcement to test their drugs.

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A woman from Alabama is in jail after she called police requesting that they come test her meth for purity. 

When officers arrived, the woman pulled a bag of meth from a container of baby wipes and told the officers, “I want this dope tested,” according to The News Courier

Stephen Young, public information officer for the Limestone County Sheriff's Office, said that the officers then talked to the woman’s neighbor, who described her as “acting strangely.” The landlord believed she may have been on drugs. 

The woman, Jennifer Colyne Hall, 48, confirmed that she had taken the drugs in the bag, but she didn’t know when. Police arrested her and charged her with possession of a controlled substance. Her bail was set at $2,500. 

Florida Man Tried To Press Charges Against Dealer For Bad Reaction To Drugs

The story might seem unbelievable, but it’s not the first time that a person has contacted law enforcement to test their drugs. Last year, a Florida man was arrested after he called police asking to have his meth tested. Douglas Peter Kelly had a bad reaction to the drugs and wanted to “press charges” against the dealer who sold it to him. 

“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 Putnam County Sheriff’s Office later wrote on Facebook.

Kelly was charged with possession and set at $2,500 bail. The sheriff’s office then posted this tongue-in-cheek message: “If you believe you were sold bad drugs, we are offering a free service to test them for you. Our detectives are always ready to assist anyone who believes they were misled in their illegal drug purchase.”

Police Department's Offer To "Test" Drugs Met With Criticism

Earlier this year a Pennsylvania police officer received backlash for posting an offer on Facebook to “test” people's drugs. The post from the Wilson Borough State Constable’s Office read:

“If you have recently purchased meth in Northampton, Monroe, Lehigh or Bucks Counties, it may be contaminated with the Influenza Virus... Please bring all of it to your local Police Department and they will test it for free,” the post read, according to The Morning Call. “If you’re not comfortable driving to your local Police Department, You can contact my Office and an officer or deputy will be glad to come to you and test your Meth in the privacy of your home.”

The post was later removed, in part because of outcry about it being inappropriate. 

“The field doesn’t need misguided information or misguided attempts to change what is going on,” said Timothy Munsch, who works as executive director of the Lehigh Valley Drug and Alcohol Intake Unit.

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Kelly Burch writes about addiction and mental health issues, particularly as they affect families. Follow her on TwitterFacebook, and LinkedIn.