Florida man calls 911 to have meth tested for authenticity

SPRING HILL, Fla. — A Florida man is accused of calling 911 to have methamphetamine he bought at a bar tested for authenticity, authorities said.

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It was real. And he was arrested.

Thomas Eugene Colucci, 41, of Spring Hill, was arrested and charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia on Thursday, according to Hernando County Sheriff’s online booking records.

According to the sheriff’s office, Colucci called a 911 dispatcher at about 7 p.m. EST on Thursday, WTVT-TV reported.

After deputies arrived at his home, Colucci said he had tried some of the meth and believed it was bath salts, WFLA-TV reported. He told deputies that he was an “experienced drug user” who “knew what it should feel like,” according to a news release from the sheriff’s office.

Colucci then handed two small baggies over to a deputy, saying that he wanted to “put the person in trouble” for selling dangerous drugs.

A deputy then honored Colucci’s request, performing a field test on a sample of the white crystal-like substance from each of the two baggies. The substance from both baggies tested positive for methamphetamine and Colucci was arrested, the sheriff’s office said.

After being placed in a patrol car, Colucci complained of chest pains and was taken to an area hospital, WTVT reported.

After he received medical clearance, Colucci was booked into the Hernando County Jail, the sheriff’s office said. He was released late Friday afternoon after posting $7,000 bail, online booking records show.

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