Accidental 911 call leads police straight to drug dealer
POSTED: Friday, February 10, 2012 - 1:00pm
UPDATED: Friday, February 10, 2012 - 1:04pm
NBC NATIONAL NEWS — Two people arrested in Palm Bay, Florida are accused of dealing drugs after they accidentally dialed 911 from their cellphone.
Janelle Litton, 25, and Joshua Justice, 20, were overheard by 911 dispatchers discussing drugs when Litton's phone pocket-dialed authorities.
"Don't do all of it. I'm not saying you can't do some of it, but don't do all of it," Justice was allegedly overheard saying on the 911 call. "You owe me 200."
"How about a hundred? An extra hundred on the last deal," Litton said on the 911 recording.
Deputies said when the 911 center receives a call that no one answers, they have to listen to what is going on in the background.
An informant called police at the same time and said they were witnessing a drug deal at a Waffle House on Malabar Road.
Police used the witness description and the 911 connection to trace the car, which was Litton's vehicle.
Officers said that within 16 minutes they spotted Litton's car on a nearby road.
"Uh oh. Oh my God, it's a cop," Litton says on the 911 call. "Put this thing up."
Authorities said they knew they had the evidence when they pulled Litton over.
"It clearly shows that some sort of drug transaction was going on and attempts to get rid of drug evidence," said Palm Bay Police spokeswoman Yvonne Martinez.
Officers said found drugs in the car and then told Litton about her pocket-dial.
"Your phone's on," said the officer.
"My phone's on? I don't have a cellphone working right now," Litton told officers.
"The 911 always works, miss," said the officer.
Litton is charged with driving under the influence of drugs.
Justice is charged with possession of cocaine and drug paraphernalia.