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Accidental 911 Call Leads to Scranton Man’s Arrest on Drug Charges

By Rogan Law  Sep. 13, 2012 10:19a

A 24-year-old Pennsylvania man has been taken into custody after a recent accidental call to 911 on his cell phone. According to reports made by a 911 operator and local police, J.K. had placed his cellular phone in his pocket and "butt-dialed" 911 while allegedly meeting with his drug dealer. The 911 operator recorded the conversation and passed it on to police. Authorities across the U.S. have become somewhat accustomed to accidental emergency calls made from people's mobile phones but are usually just treated to muffled sounds and murmurs of indistinct conversation from the inside of a pocket or purse. But this time police felt they had probable cause to follow up on the conversation which sounded like a drug deal going down. Authorities traced the phone number to J.K. and subsequently his residence. A search of J.K.'s home revealed brass knuckles, drug paraphernalia, syringes with Suboxone (an opioid addiction substitute drug similar in use to methadone) and a variety of prescription drugs. Police reports also indicate that J.K. appeared to be intoxicated on the basis of slurred and slow speech. Get the help of a criminal defense attorney right away if you have been charged with a drug crime.

Drug Crime Charges Could Mean Severe Penalties

J.K. was arrested by Lackawanna County authorities and held on charges of possession of a prohibited offensive weapon (brass knuckles), possession of drug paraphernalia and illegal possession of a controlled substance. Drug crime charges can result in serious imprisonment and fines among other penalties if a conviction is obtained. Whether an offense is charged as a misdemeanor or felony drug crime depends on the specific drug involved, amounts of that drug or drugs and the intention for use (small amounts for personal use versus large amounts intended for distribution or sale).

Northeast Pennsylvania Drug Crime Lawyer

If you have been charged with a drug offense involving marijuana, Ecstasy, meth, cocaine, heroin, illegally obtained prescription drugs or other controlled substance then you could be facing serious punishment. A criminal defense lawyer skilled in drug crime cases may be able to help you get the charges dismissed or reduced but it is vital that you act quickly. Contact our firm now to schedule a free initial consultation. A defense attorney with us at Rogan Law has successfully defended clients in Scranton and throughout northeast Pennsylvania in cases involving possession, manufacturing, cultivation, trafficking, sales, distribution, importation, smuggling and more. Make sure you have someone fighting for you!

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