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Pocket dialling Nelson police an embarrassment

A case of pocket dialling the Nelson police gives away some embarrassing insider information. - File photo
A case of pocket dialling the Nelson police gives away some embarrassing insider information.
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A case of pocket dialling allowed local police to eavesdrop on a drug conversation this week.

Just past midnight on February 13, a 911 call came into the Nelson Police Department. It was answered in the usual manner, says a press release issued to the Star.

“911 Emergency,” said the operator. “Do you need police, fire or ambulance?”

The operator heard voices but no one would speak. After trying to make contact and monitoring the call, it was determined the caller didn’t need help and likely pocket-dialed their cell phone.

Determining the call was coming from a moving vehicle, the police heard a short drug-related conversation between a number of people.

“They were discussing who some of their best customers were and what they charged their regular customers versus unknown customers,” said the release.

Police were able to deduce that the vehicle had stopped at 7-11 and so met up with them there. There were four occupants, two of which are well known to police. Once officers revealed to them what they’d heard, they were embarrassed, say police.

 

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