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Idaho 911 Drug Deal: Suspect Arrested After Butt-Dialing Emergency Line

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By    |   Tuesday, 20 Oct 2015 08:33 AM

An Idaho Falls 911 dispatcher listened in on an apparent drug deal last month after an Oregon man reportedly butt-dialed the emergency number during the illicit encounter.

Law enforcement later charged Lawan Sanders, 38, and his girlfriend Charity Fournier with possession with intent to manufacture or deliver a controlled substance, trafficking, and possession of a controlled substance, the Idaho Falls Post Register reported.

According to court records, the dispatcher heard three men talking about breaking up a large amount of drugs and selling them individually in smaller packages during the random call to 911 on Sept. 27.

Officials were then able to pinpoint the location of the conversation on the 1300 block of West Broadway where an unmarked patrol unit was sent out. Officers found Sanders with two other men at the scene and arrested him, according to the Post Register.

Authorities said that Sanders told them he came to the area with Fournier to watch a football game in Moscow, Idaho. But the two men with Sanders told officials that the suspect agreed to sell them marijuana at the Shilo Inn where he and Fournier were staying.

Sanders is not the first suspected drug dealer to unintentionally dial 911. In September 2014, Tennessee authorities charged 25-year-old Grant O'Connor with possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia after a police dispatcher overheard him talking about drugs on his cellphone, according to the New York Daily News.

Police said O'Connor likely butt-dialed 911 when the dispatcher heard him talking about drugs and going to a suspected drug dealer's home. The dispatcher located the call back to a Mount Pleasant, Tennessee, restaurant and authorities stopped O'Connor's vehicle coming out of the parking lot.

"Really bad luck. And also some really good police work," Mount Pleasant Police chief Michael Hay told the media, according to the Daily News. The suspect reportedly didn't even realize he had accidently called 911 until he was informed by authorities.

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