Thomas Colucci, 41, decided to call 911 when he suspected his dealer had sold him bath salts instead of meth. The Florida man requested a sheriff to come to his home in Spring Hill outside of Tampa to look into the case.
To no one's surprise, except maybe Colluci himself, he ended up in handcuffs and with his drugs seized by the police.
Colucci bought the meth at a local bar. After using a bit of it, he did not feel the desired effects. He told the police that he was an experienced drug user and could tell that something was wrong with the product.
He was also concerned for his health since he was not sure about the substance he had been taking.
The police arrived at Colluci's residence and received two baggies with a white crystal-like substance inside. The deputy performed a field test, and it turned out the substance tested positive for methamphetamine.
Colucci believed he would get the drugs back after the testing. Apparently, he had failed to remember some fundamental laws concerning drugs...
However, Colucci had an unselfish motive when he decided to call the police. He wanted to look out for other drug users and protect them from buying "fake" meth.
He also claimed he wanted to cause problems for the dealer that had sold him the drugs, but the plan failed since he did not remember the dealer's contact information and name.
Even if not up to his standard, the drugs Colluci bought did contain the illegal substance methamphetamines, as the field test had indicated. In this case, it would have been better for Colluci if he really bought bath salt.
He was arrested and charged with drug possession as well as possession of drug paraphernalia. The bail was set to $7,000.
Colucci had been in trouble with the law before. In 2019 he crashed his SUV into another car while under the influence of alcohol. When trying to flee the scene, he made matters worse by crashing into another vehicle and causing both driver and passenger injuries.
He was sentenced to a year of probation and was ordered to attend outpatient substance abuse treatment after the hit-and-run accident. Too bad he did not pay more attention to the dangers of drugs.
The sheriff's office commented on the incident with the meth:
"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 the service, FREE of charge."