Florida Man Asks Police to Test His Meth to Ensure Its Authenticity

A Florida man was arrested after calling 911 to report his recently purchased methamphetamine was fake. He asked the police to test it for authenticity, then bust the dealer who sold it to him.

Instead, the caller, identified as Thomas Eugene Colucci, was arrested.

The Hernando County Sheriff's Office said deputies were dispatched a Spring Hill home on March 10 after a resident "called 9-1-1 to request that a deputy be dispatched to 'test the methamphetamine' he had recently purchased."

Upon arrival, deputies met with Colucci, who told police he recently purchased methamphetamine from a male he met in a local bar. After using a bit, he believed it was actually bath salts.

Thomas Eugene Colucci booking photo
Thomas Eugene Colucci was arrested after he called 911 and requested police test if the drug he purchased was authentic. Hernando County Sheriff’s Office/Zenger

Colucci told deputies he was an experienced drug user, having used methamphetamine in the past. He said he knew what meth should feel like. Colucci then handed over two small baggies, each containing a white crystal-like substance, to the deputy.

The police said, "Evidently, the substance Colucci had recently purchased did not provide the expected sensation, hence the call to 9-1-1. Colucci told deputies he wanted his methamphetamine tested, as he did not want other people to purchase 'fake' methamphetamine from the individual who sold it to him."

Colucci wanted the police to "put the person in trouble" for selling dangerous drugs. However, he was unable to provide a name or contact information for the suspect.

The police said, "As requested, a deputy performed a field test on a sample of the white crystal-like substance from each of the baggies. The substance from both baggies tested positive for methamphetamine."

Methamphetamine tested by police
An admitted methamphetamine user in Florida called 911 to report his drug dealer for selling “fake” meth and requested a deputy test the drugs he had purchased. In this file photo, a U.S. Customs inspector holds a substance that turned blue during a test, indicating it is a methamphetamine. David McNew/Getty Images

Deputies placed Colucci under arrest and put him in the back of a patrol vehicle. After that, Colucci told deputies he was having chest pains. He was then transported to a local hospital, where he was medically cleared by a physician.

Colucci was taken to the Hernando County Detention Center on charges of possession of methamphetamine and two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia. His bond was set at $7,000.

The sheriff's department said if a person has "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 this service, FREE of charge."

This story was provided to Newsweek by Zenger News.