Drug bust "takes the cake" for suspect stupidity

Published: Friday, January 24, 2014 at 16:59 PM.

Because of the quantity and type of pills Price had, officers called in a member of the department’s drug task force to interview the woman on Nov. 2. The undercover officer, who the Havelock News is not identifying, said that Price claimed the drugs had come from Serbia. The undercover officer told Price he would call her later in the evening to meet and talk about the Serbian connection.

At 10 p.m., the officer called Price on the telephone and she agreed to meet him at her residence. The officer, along with a member of the N.C. Alcohol Law Enforcement and a member of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, all wearing plain clothes, drove to Price’s residence in an unmarked car. The ALE and NCIS officers were working with Havelock Police on the drug task force.

“I couldn’t find her house number so I called her on the phone and said ‘This is detective so and so and I can’t see your house number. Could you step out of your house so I know which house you’re at?’”  the officer recalled Friday.

The undercover officer said Price met him on the sidewalk in front of her home at which point she allegedly said “Hey, we got to do this quick because the detective is going to be here any minute. What are you looking for?”

The detective, recognizing Price’s apparent confusion, responded “What do you got?” and she says “The pills. You know. The pills.”

The undercover officer said he sent the ALE and NCIS agents back to the car.

“I turned to them and I said ‘Get back in the vehicle. Get back in the vehicle. I’m going to buy drugs from her,” the undercover officer recalled. “They think I’m joking, which I’m not.”



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