Tennessee Man's 9-1-1 Butt Dial Results in Drug Charges

Grant O’Connor is a 25-year-old from Tennessee whose unlucky butt dial earned him with drug possession charges. O’Connor unintentionally called 9-1-1 on his cell phone and, according to Nashville news station WKRN,  the dispatcher claims to have heard him discussing “pleasure shivers” and “tiny little pins” in his body. In Big Brother fashion, the snooping dispatcher stayed on the line to listen in to the rest of his call, then traced it to a Mexican restaurant and sent an officer to the scene.


The officer found O’Connor and a woman pulling out of the parking lot. Since the vehicle happened to have a tail light out, the officer used that as an excuse to pull them over. The officer searched the car and found a small bag of marijuana and “drug paraphernalia,” (probably a pipe), so he arrested the very unfortunate O’Connor and charged him with drug, and drug paraphernalia, possession.

Talk about bad luck. Talk about creepy invasion of privacy. The police department’s manipulation of the situation in order to catch a nonviolent person who was clearly not in any immediate danger or posing any threat to anyone, is a typical example of why our nation needs to decriminalize marijuana possession.

Understand the importance of honest news ?

So do we.

The past year has been the most arduous of our lives. The Covid-19 pandemic continues to be catastrophic not only to our health - mental and physical - but also to the stability of millions of people. For all of us independent news organizations, it’s no exception.

We’ve covered everything thrown at us this past year and will continue to do so with your support. We’ve always understood the importance of calling out corruption, regardless of political affiliation.

We need your support in this difficult time. Every reader contribution, no matter the amount, makes a difference in allowing our newsroom to bring you the stories that matter, at a time when being informed is more important than ever. Invest with us.

Make a one-time contribution to Alternet All Access, or click here to become a subscriber. Thank you.

Click to donate by check.

DonateDonate by credit card
Donate by Paypal

Don't Sit on the Sidelines of History. Join Alternet All Access and Go Ad-Free. Support Honest Journalism.