Deputies: Lakeland Meth Trafficker Flushed His Confession

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — A man accused of being a methamphetamine trafficker allegedly confessed — and then flushed the detective’s recorder down the toilet.

The Ledger reported ( ) Saturday that Polk County deputies say they found 30-year-old Patrick Townsend driving with 32.4 grams of meth in his boxers during a Wednesday traffic stop.

Deputies say Townsend confessed, saying he usually deals in kilograms. A detective allegedly recorded the confession but left the recorder on a desk. Townsend allegedly grabbed it, hid it in his armpit and asked to use the bathroom, where he flushed it.

When the detective looked for recorder, Townsend allegedly mocked him by saying, “Tighten up on your job, homie.”

Townsend was jailed without bail Saturday, charged with meth trafficking and destroying evidence. No information on an attorney was immediately available.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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