Skip to comments.Clayton [Ga] landlord arrested after discovering meth in rental home
Posted on 11/03/2012 11:40:35 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows
A landlord and his wife were still reeling Thursday from spending two days in the Clayton County Jail this week after reporting to police that they had found bags of methamphetamine in their rental property.
Keeley, of Lithonia, said he, his wife and their 9-year-old son had just arrived at the home around 9 a.m. Sunday when they noticed the back door open, a window broken and the home vandalized. When they went into a bathroom, they noticed holes in the wall and the vanity mirror removed.
Keeley said he looked closer and noticed eight bags in the wall, which Clayton police narcotics officers later identified as meth.
He then immediately called the ICE agent hed spoken to earlier. He said, Im on my way and call 911, Keeley recalled Thursday. After calling 911, Keeley said he and his wife briefly left the residence.
He said the Clayton officers began intensely interrogating him and his wife and questioning him about calls hed made that morning, many of which Keeley said hed made trying to reach the ICE agent.
Who is this person you called? Who is this person you called? Keeley said the officers demanded to know until they snatched my phone.
Keeley said one agent told him, OK, come on, guy. Tell the truth. We know no one broke into your house. You did it yourself. Keeley said he couldnt tell whether he was also being accused of having the drugs there.
The entire experience has left Keeley disillusioned.
I feel that we were violated because we put our trust in you [police] to protect us and you turned it against us, Keeley told Channel 2, adding he will be forever reluctant to pick up the phone and dial the police again.
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Did they think they were still in 2005 or something?
Cops are not your friends. Do not call them unless someone is the situation is absolutely life threatening.
Do not talk to cops. Shun them. Shun their families.
They are nothing more than thugs with badges and guns.
Time to find a hungry lawyer!
What a bizarre story. Why on earth would the guy stage a break in and then call the police to turn in the drugs if he was involved? Wouldn’t he just grab the drugs and move them to a new location?
Now, I’ll admit the police asking about certain phone calls Keeley made could be relevant. If he was calling, say, a known meth dealer or something, the police would be right to be suspicious. That still wouldn’t explain why a guy would stage a break-in of his own property and then turn in the drugs he supposedly was dealing.
Hope there are some follow up stories by the station on this one.
You’re being redundant. ;^)
Well, to be fair, most thugs with guns aren't union thugs with badges and guns.
IMO, the cops decided the landlord was guilty without looking at the evidence, thought they could force a confession from him, and now they’re charging him to cover their *sses. “Scum” is too mild a term to describe them.
Whatever the story is, the arrest was unacceptable. The cop did not observe the man or his wife do anything. Lacking the observation of a crime, the police needed an arrest warrant that they apparently did not have.
I sure hope they victims get a hugh amount of money for spending 2 nights in jail each. I think $1,000,000 a night for each night they were in jail and another $1,000,000 per parent night the child was deprived of would be about right. I think that would total $8,000,000. That kind of cost would cause the tax payers to demand change.
I dunno - this was the same department whose officers shot a 92 y/o woman through her door, planted drugs on her corpse, and had the officers involved get off with involuntary manslaughter convictions.
No evidence-tampering charge on top of that, with sentence sequential not concurrent? I thought so... why doesn’t the FBI care about such corruption?
That was the criminal charges, not civil suit, to be fair. The civil suit could be brought at state and federal level, why should occifers get all the benefit of double jeopardy?
I haven’t the foggiest (and to be honest, I’m working from memory). IMO, though, the Atlanta PD doesn’t have the best record with regard to not steamrollering innocent citizens.
AND... if anyone asks why, if there was a break in and the wall chopped to reveal the drugs, didn’t the burglars make off with the drugs found... well I’d say either there were too many packages to carry off in a hurry, or they thought it was too likely to be caught by police with drugs in hand. For these idiots not even to investigate such a scenario only lets the trail get colder on it once it finally dawns on them. They seem to have a one track mind that the landlord staged it to keep from getting in trouble with his own dealer after losing some of the drugs, or whatever. Did you know that if you have a gifted or better IQ you will fail the test to be a detective, for being too bright?
Years ago I knew someone in the the exact same situation. They were smart enough to call their lawyer first.
It’s just too dangerous. Not only did they risk arrest, but with the laws the way they are (and yes, our conservative justices take some guilt on this one) they can also lose their rental house.
Great police work once again....../sarc
That comment is worthy of an award! - I almost spit my donut out through my nose.