Fla. Drug Suspect Flushes Confession Down Toilet: Deputies

Deputies say the suspect confessed, claiming he usually deals in much larger quantities

Saturday, Nov 24, 2012  |  Updated 1:39 PM EDT
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Authorities say a man confessed to trafficking methamphetamine — and then flushed the detective's recorder down the toilet.

Polk County deputies say they found Patrick Townsend driving with 32.4 grams of meth in his boxers during a Wednesday traffic stop, The Ledger reported.

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Deputies say Townsend confessed, claiming he usually deals in much larger quantities. A detective recorded the confession but left the recorder on a desk. Authorities say Townsend grabbed it, hid it in his armpit and asked to use the bathroom, where he flushed it."

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An arrest affidavit says that when the detective looked for the recorder, Townsend mocked him by saying: "Tighten up on your job, homie."

Townsend was jailed without bail Saturday, charged with meth trafficking and destroying evidence. No information on an attorney was immediately available.

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