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911 hang-up call leads to drug charges for Fort Myers residents

People who make the choice to use or sell drugs often assume they're doing everything necessary to avoid being arrested -- by hiding the drugs in their home, keeping a low profile and only selling drugs to people they know and think they can trust. But an arrest on drug charges can happen anywhere, at any time, no matter how careful you think you're being.

A good example of this is the arrest of a Fort Myers, Florida, man who received a visit from police after someone called 911 from his address. Although the person on the other end hung up immediately after dialing, it's common policy for emergency dispatchers to send police to the source anyway, in case an emergency prevented the caller from providing information.

When a deputy showed up at the home, the man living there tried to dismiss him by saying everything was all right, according to a probable cause affidavit. The deputy asked the man to step outside and later reported that he'd smelled marijuana coming from the home. He also noticed the man had a bloody lip. The man explained that he'd had an argument with his girlfriend.

When she was asked to also come outside, she was crying uncontrollably and admitted to slapping her boyfriend in the face, the deputy said. This information led the deputy to enter the home, where he said he found an assault rifle, as well as what appeared to be marijuana in a bedroom. As he put the man in a police cruiser after arresting him on drug possession charges, the girlfriend tried to flush the drugs down the toilet, according to deputies. She was arrested on charges of battery and destroying evidence.

This couple's case is a good example of how quickly things can spiral out of control and lead to drug charges. Neither anticipated having police come to their home, even if one of them dialed 911. Their surprise at the deputy's visit may have led them to divulge information that led to their arrests. Their next best course of action may be to consult with a legal professional who knows exactly what to expect in defending people against drug charges.

Source: Local10.com, "Deputies make pot bust after 911 hang-up call," Feb. 13, 2012

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