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Florida man arrested after calling sheriff to get his meth tested

Douglas Peter Kelly, 49, was arrested June 12, 2018, after calling the Putnam County Sheriff's Office to complain he had been sold the wrong drugs. (Putnam County Sheriff's Office/TNS)

A Florida man called the sheriff’s office Tuesday after growing suspicious that the meth he had smoked was the wrong drug.

The concerned caller, 49-year-old Hawthorne resident Douglas Peter Kelly, experienced a “violent reaction” to narcotics he had purchased a week earlier. He wanted members from the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office to test the substance so that he could press charges against the dealer for selling him the incorrect drug.

Drug unit detectives invited Kelly to the office so they could conduct a quality test, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Kelly drove to the office to show them a clear substance wrapped in aluminum foil. When it tested positive as methamphetamine, Kelly was arrested.

He is being held at the Putnam County jail in lieu of $5,000 bail.

The Sheriff’s Office took to Facebook to extend the same drug-testing assistance to other citizens.

“PUBLIC NOTICE: If you believe you were sold bad drugs, we are offering a free service to test them for you,” the post reads. “Remember, our detectives are always ready to assist anyone who believes they were misled in their illegal drug purchase.”


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