By Rusty Surette, NEWS 9
YUKON, Oklahoma -- Yukon police said a big drug bust was made possible thanks to an accidental call to 911.
Yukon dispatchers said they got the call last week from a cell phone. Dispatchers thought it was just another accidental call, but instead of hanging up, they stayed on the line and listened to the conversation in the background.
"We could hear two men talking in the background," said Yukon Cpl. Shane Ingram. "They were talking about, in detail, about drug deals."
Immediately, police began tracking the call and the conversation never stopped. Dispatchers were able to use 911 mapping technology to pinpoint where the call was coming from.
Officers say when they knocked on the door, the men inside, Mark Clair and Shannon McAlister, were shocked. A cell phone crammed in a coat pocket had accidentally dialed 911 and now they were frantically trying to hide their stash.
"What I guess he didn't realize was that during the shuffling and trying to hide it, they didn't get it all hidden and there was plenty in plain view,” said Cpl. Ingram
Inside the home in the 1300 block of Summerton Place police found Xanax, Hydrocondone, Oxycontin, Ecstasy and marijuana. Rough estimates put the value of the drugs at $20,000, but the story Yukon officers now have is priceless.
“I imagine this one will stick in our brains for a long long time and we'll get a chuckle out of it later,” Cpl. Ingram said.
Mark Alan Clair, 43, and Shannon Blake McAlister, 42, were both taken into custody and face a long list of charges including possession of controlled dangerous substances and intent to distribute narcotics.
Police said the phone that placed the 911 call was a stolen cell phone.