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  1. Beenthere2Hippie
    TENNESSEE - Butt dialing is embarrassing. And annoying. It also can land you in jail. That's what happened to a Tennessee man last week.

    Emergency dispatchers in Mount Pleasant — about 60 miles south of Nashville — received a strange 911 call. At first, they thought it was just an open line. But then they heard a man talking about drugs, getting high and a drug dealer's house. Dispatchers tracked the location of the phone call, and a police officer headed that way, according to a police report on the incident.

    When the officer arrived on scene, he noticed a white Chevy Impala backing out of the parking lot of a Mexican restaurant. Since it had a taillight out, the officer decided to stop the vehicle and check it out. He noticed the passenger reaching down to the floor. The officer asked dispatchers to call the phone back but they couldn't make contact. To see if he had the right people, the officer told the driver about the emergency call, and the passenger jumped in and said he had accidentally called 911.

    The driver agreed to allow the officer to search the vehicle, not knowing about the drugs inside the car, according to police. Turns out there was marijuana and syringes near the passenger's seat and a leather case containing a spoon and burnt residue. Now Grant O'Connor, 25, of Columbia, Tenn., is probably wishing he had locked his phone. Or didn't have a cellphone altogether.

    He was arrested and charged with possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia, according to police. Although he invoked his right not to speak, O'Connor did tell the police the drugs were all his. The driver was not charged. Mount Pleasant Police Chief Michael Hay could not be reached for comment Thursday. But he told the Columbia Daily Herald that the incident was certainly unique.

    "This is a first for me," Hay told the newspaper. "Most phones lock now. I don't know what was wrong with his phone, but it worked out for us in the end."

    USA Today/September 11, 2014


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    Author Bio

    BT2H is a retired news editor and writer from the NYC area who, for health reasons, retired to a southern US state early, and where BT2H continues to write and to post drug-related news to DF.


  1. Beenthere2Hippie
    I usually avoid posting my opinion on the news I post on here, but this story moved me to comment.

    Anyone who knows anything about drug policies in U.S. States can attest to the toughness of Tennessee drug laws. It is not a state to get caught doing anything in. This poor guy sure got the short end of this stick (no pun intended). I have to believe a good attorney could get him off, and perhaps the police department's practices rightly questioned as well.
  2. Alien Sex Fiend
    Moral of the story? Cell phones are evil. if he was dying, he could have raises attention of passerbyies
  3. Diverboone
    I can attest to Tennessee drug laws, it's my home State. There's insufficient information to accurately estimate the sentence he may face if found guilty, but from what's stated he faces a possible 20 years sentence. The longest sentence per charge would be from the possession of sch 2 a class B felony, 8 to 12 years for first time range 1 offender.

    It's questionable whether a good attorney could "get him off" since technically he initiated the contact. I doubt that it will ever go that far in the Courts.

    One does not invoke their Right to silence by claiming possession of illicit drugs and paraphernalia.
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