First law of the black market

Don’t call the cops over contract enforcement disputes:

CLEVELAND — A 20-year-old Cleveland man who called 9-1-1 Saturday night for help talked his way into City jail, police said.

He told a dispatcher that two men with guns were watching him about 10:40 p.m. near West 44th and Clark Avenue and hung up. The dispatcher called him back to get a description of the suspects. During the call, the man asked the dispatcher to hold on and made a drug deal, police said.

“What you need? A 10-pack? A 10-pack, alright,” a voice can be heard saying on a recording of the call. He said the cost was $75. A 10-pack is slang for a bundle of heroin.

The dispatcher redirected police to the caller.

“He’s in front of the Pit Stop selling drugs it seems like,” the dispatcher tells officers.

Patrolmen Edward Lentz, James Skernivitz and James Simone found the man crossing the street but didn’t find the gunmen. The officers found crack cocaine in his pants. The man didn’t have any identification.

So the officers had the dispatcher call the number the man used to call for help. The man’s phone rang. Simone believes the man expected the gunmen to rob him and steal the drugs.

I once lived around W. 44 and Clark, and can tell you that the average person there is no smarter or more moral than this guy.


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