Drug Law

Suspect Accidentally Dials 911, Leads Police To Meth Lab

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht

A Florida suspect pocket-dialed 911 and police allegedly overheard three suspects discussing their drug operation.

A 911 dispatcher allegedly heard Donna Knope, 55; her son Jason Knope, 32; and Thomas Stallings, 41, discussing the making and distribution of methamphetamine, according to the Volusia County Sheriff's Office.

The call was traced to a home in Deltona, the Smoking Gun reported.

Police peered into a shed and saw meth-making materials, including a “bottle that appeared to be smoking.”

They raided the structure and allegedly found “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.”

All three were charged with manufacturing methamphetamine and possessing meth with intent to sell. Stalling was also charged with violating his probation from an earlier burglary conviction, the New York Daily News reported.

Sources: Smoking Gun, New York Daily News

Image credit: Volusia County Sheriff’s Office, Flickr / Leah Schafer