Laurel sheriff: Malfunctioning toilet thwarts attempt to flush evidence

bestep@herald-leader.comApril 12, 2013 

A drug suspect in Laurel County tried to flush pills down a toilet as police approached Friday, but the toilet wasn't working, Sheriff John Root said in a news release.

Police recovered the pills, and Detective Jason Back arrested two people, according to the release.

The incident happened at a mobile home north of London. Police had gotten several complaints about drug activity at the trailer and had arrested the owner after an undercover drug buy there on April 8, said Deputy Gilbert Acciardo Jr., spokesman for Root's office.

After getting more complaints, sheriff's officers returned for another undercover drug buy on Friday afternoon, Acciardo said.

After allegedly selling drugs, 21-year-old Frankie Doan saw officers in the area and headed for the bathroom to try to flush pills but had no luck, Acciardo said. Acciardo said he assumed Doan and another person at the trailer had permission to be there, but did not live there.

They may not have known the toilet didn't work.

"Today was definitely a bad day for them and a good day for us," Acciardo said.

Police charged Doan, of East Bernstadt, with trafficking in drugs and marijuana. Police also arrested Allyson Setser, 18, of London on a drug-trafficking charge.

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