Enlarge / This is the phone in question.City of Alliance Police DepartmentA small town in Ohio is pleading with its residents to halt calls to an alleged drug dealer’s seized phone—the volume of calls are disrupting investigators’ ability to search the phone.
According to a Tuesday evening Facebook post by the City of Alliance Police Department, local authorities are now in possession of Steve Notman’s phone after he was arrested “for ALLEGEDLY (on video) selling crystal meth here in Alliance.”
While we at Ars often report on questionable police searches, there is no Fourth Amendment violation here, as the cops have the suspect’s permission.
The agency elaborated: “We have his phone and are trying to read all your texts requesting drugs and going through all of his contacts (with his permission) but you keep calling and texting and it’s really annoying.
First of all, he is all out of drugs for tonight.
Secondly you don’t need to call – we will come to you soon enough. Oh, and his ringtone is terrible! Thank you so much for your patience.”
The City of Alliance Police Department did not immediately respond to Ars’ request for comment.