A man has been charged after he called the police to ask them to verify whether his meth was authentic.
On March 10, deputies were called to a home in Spring Hill, Florida, after a man called authorities to come "test the methamphetamine" he recently bought.
When deputies arrived at the address, they met Thomas Eugene Colucci, who told them he had recently purchased meth from a male he met in a bar.
However, after Colucci used some of the meth, he became suspicious the drugs were actually bath salts.
"Colucci went on to tell deputies he was an experienced drug user, having used methamphetamine in the past, and 'knew what it should feel like'," Hernando County Sheriff's Office said in a statement.
The sheriff's office alleges Colucci then pulled out two plastic bags with a "white crystal-like substance" and handed them over.
Colucci then said he wanted his meth to be tested, concerned that others would purchase "fake meth" from the man he met in the bar.
"Colucci wanted deputies to “put the person in trouble” for selling dangerous drugs; however, he was unable to provide a name or any contact info for this individual," the sheriff's office said.
The deputies tested the substance in the baggies and both returned a positive result for methamphetamine and Colucci was then arrested.
Once Colucci was placed in the back of the patrol vehicle, he complained about having chest pains, so he was transported to hospital where a physician cleared him.
Colucci was charged with possessing methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.
Police offering 'free' meth testing
"If you, or someone you know, have doubts about the authenticity of any illegal narcotics you have on-hand or have obtained from another person, the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office is pleased to provide this service, FREE of charge," the sheriff department said.
While many people saw the funny side of the story, some pointed out it was actually quite sad.
"People like to shame addicts but have no idea what they go through, and the ones who actually get clean have a constant daily battle," one person said on Facebook.
"As we know, these are the result of bad choices but people like to bash them without knowing half of the person's life or situation. I hope he decides to turn his life around because they do recover, it's just a matter of WANTING it."
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