Florida Mom And Son Butt-Dial 911 From Their Alleged Meth Lab
Three people in Florida were arrested after butt-dialing 911 over the weekend, a call which led Volusia County deputies to an active meth lab in Deltona.
According to News 13, the dispatcher who fielded the call at 12:31 a.m. Saturday started the phone call with the standard greeting: “911, where’s your emergency?”
When no one responded, the dispatcher stayed on the line after hearing voices on the other end of the phone.
She began to hear a discussion about drugs on the other end. She continued to listen for about 28 minutes while relaying what she was hearing to responding deputies.
News 13 reports:
At one point, the dispatcher noted that she could hear a bubbling sound as if something was cooking, deputies said.
Using cell phone location data, deputies were dispatched to 3281 Roland Drive. Deputies then traced the sound of the voices to a shed in the backyard. They peered through an open window in the shed and saw meth-making materials, deputies said.
Deputies reported they saw smoke billowing out of the shed, which likely indicated an active meth cook.
Deputies secured the three occupants and removed them from the shed for safety reasons while the Sheriff’s Office’s Clandestine Laboratory Response Team was dispatched to the scene to dismantle the meth lab. Narcotics agents also were dispatched to the shed to assist in the investigation.
The search of the shed turned up all of the makings of an active meth lab, including coffee filters, a butane torch, batteries, drain opener, plastic tubing, hypodermic needles, lithium strips, lighter fluid, plastic bags and numerous plastic bottles containing a white substance.
The three people who were arrested included two people who live at the house where the shed was located: Donna Knope, 55, and Jason Knope, 32. Thomas Stallings, 41, who lives elsewhere in Deltona, was also arrested.
According to Gawker, Donna and Jason are mother and son.The alleged meth lab workers were charged with manufacture of methamphetamine and possession of methamphetamine with intent to sell or deliver.
Thomas was also charged with violating probation in connection to a prior robbery conviction.[su_csky_ad]