Suspect ‘butt dials’ 911 during drug deal near police station

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WHAS11.com

Posted on February 28, 2013 at 9:46 PM

PORTLAND -- A man was arrested on felony drug charges after inadvertently dialing 911 just before a drug deal Monday, Molalla police said.

An emergency dispatcher got the call just after midnight and heard what she thought was a drug deal, said officer Aaron Christopherson. The dispatcher tracked the phone’s GPS signal and it led officers to an alley about a block away from the police department.

Two people sitting a car nearby denied having a working cell phone, but the officer spoke loudly and the dispatcher confirmed she could hear him.

“This, I will say, is a first, and got a chuckle around the department,” Christopherson said. “They don't make it that easy for us, usually.”

The officer found the cell phone and some methamphetamine, Christopherson said. The suspect, 25-year old Raleigh Reynolds, was jailed on multiple drug charges. The woman in the car with him was cited.

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KGW Reporter Kyle Iboshi contributed to this report.

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