Busted By ButtDial

Friday, May 20, 2011 - 4:00pm

A Georgia teenager is in jail after his phone pocket-dialed 911 during a drug transaction.

A cell phone call came into Hall County 911 at about 1:30 AM Tuesday but there was no one on the line talking directly to the dispatcher who answered the call.

"The dispatcher began listening to the conversation that was going on in the background and by listening to that they realized that this was a drug deal going on," said Col. Jeff Strickland of the Hall County Sheriff office.

During the call the dispatcher heard two individuals talking and they mentioned a location where they were, according to Col. Strickland.

911 immediately dispatched a sheriff deputy to a Waffle House on Lanier Island Parkway in south Hall County.

When the deputy arrived at the Waffle House there was still a connection between the cell phone and the dispatcher.

The deputy went inside and started asking some questions.

"He began to talk to the cook and then dispatch radioed that they could hear him very clearly," Strickland said.

When the deputy asked the cook about his cell phone it was in his pocket.

Sure enough, the dispatcher was still on the other end.

Daniel Moore, 18, of Sugar Hill was charged with possession of Hydrocodone and possession of Alprazolam (Xanax).

"Once he realized the entire conversation was recorded he cooperated with the officer and turned over the drugs," Strickland said.

The drug deal took place before the deputy arrived and the seller wasn't caught, according to Strickland.

Strickland said it's the first time he's ever heard of a drug transaction being recorded as it transpired.

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