Authorities in Florida said on Monday that an 18-year-old suspected drug dealer was detained after asking a county commissioner in a “random text message” whether he wanted to buy cocaine.
According to the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office, Jack Edward Fisher was detained following an undercover buy-bust operation in Palm Coast.
Sheriff Rick Staly said that Flagler County Commissioner Joe Mullins notified the sheriff’s office after receiving a text offer to buy a “eight-ball” of cocaine.
The text exchange between Mullins and the suspect, whose phone number, according to detectives, was ultimately linked to Fisher, was captured on camera by the investigators.
Cooperating with the authorities, Mullins stayed in touch with Fisher and planned a face-to-face rendezvous at a nearby body of water. Fisher approached the covert detective vehicle to make the purchase, according to the sheriff’s office, and was then promptly taken into custody.
According to the authorities, Fisher was in possession of a bag containing 3.17 grammes of fentanyl, which could have killed 1,585 people.
Fisher was accused of illegally using a two-way communication device as well as felony fentanyl possession with the intent to distribute. He was detained at the Sheriff Perry Hall Inmate Detention Center under a $3,000 bond.
In April, Fisher was detained on misdemeanour accusations of marijuana possession of 20 grammes or less and alcohol possession by a person under 21.
In a written statement, Mullins stated that he thought it was his responsibility to get engaged for the community’s safety and added that he would be celebrating 11 years of sobriety on Tuesday.
I hope that this person’s arrest makes them aware that they have a problem in their lives, Mullins added. “I pray that this serves as a wakeup call and that he will get assistance.”