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Police say man accidentally dialed 911 then discussed drug deals

According to the Volusia County Sheriff's Office, a 19-year-old tow truck driver and his two passengers had quite a surprise last Tuesday when deputies pulled the truck over and asked why the men inside were talking about selling drugs. How did they know? The driver apparently had his cell phone in his pocket and, as sometimes happens, the phone accidentally dialed. Unfortunately for this man, it dialed 911.

Despite the awkward location of the phone, the 911 dispatcher was apparently able to listen in to the conversation in the tow truck as the men allegedly discussed their intention to sell drugs -- and the operator was also able to track the phone's location. During the conversation, the men apparently also discussed the fact that they were in a tow truck and mentioned the name "Harry" more than once.

So, when deputies spotted a white tow truck marked "Harry's Towing" in the area indicated by the 911 dispatcher, they went ahead and pulled it over.

According to the deputy's report, he "asked the three about why they were talking about selling drugs and they could not explain this." Of course, an innocent group would most likely be unable to explain, either.

Nevertheless, the deputies searched the truck and the three men, and they claim to have found what appeared to be a crack pipe in the driver's pocket. He was able to explain that -- he said it belonged to his father and he had taken it in order to prevent his father's landlord from finding out that his dad had drug paraphernalia in the home.

While no drugs or other materials indicating an imminent drug sale were found, the driver was arrested and charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.

Source: Daytona Beach News-Journal, "Deputies: Man arrested for discussing drug deals in 9-1-1 call," Patricio G. Balona, Jan. 30, 2013

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