It's not often that a drug dealer will seek out the cops instead of running away, but that's what Hanahan police said happened when a man called to complain that someone stole his stash at gunpoint.
Police Lt. Michael Fowler thinks the full moon might have something to do with the department's latest armed robbery, in which marijuana was stolen.
"It's not too often that someone's going to call us and admit to selling drugs," Fowler said.
On Thursday, police officers were called to Park Place Apartments on Murray Avenue around 6 p.m. after two men complained that they were robbed at gunpoint while passing around a joint with someone named "Jaime."
One of the robbed men, a self-proclaimed dope slinger, told police that his friend "Cedric" asked him to bring 25 grams of pot to the complex for a deal.
The dealer's identity was redacted from an incident report.
According to police, the dealer smoked a joint with two other people while waiting for the sale to go down. That's when a gunman approached the group from behind and robbed two of the men of the drugs, their money and cell phones, the report said.
The dealer told police he thought the supposed sale was a set-up. His friend "Cedric" knew he'd have drugs and money on him. Plus, "Jaime" ran off with the robber after the holdup, according to the report.
No arrests had been made in the robbery by Friday afternoon. Fowler said investigators are focusing on finding the gunman, not hauling in the dealer.
"We'd much rather get the gun off the streets than the drugs," Fowler said. He added that the ordeal could have been avoided if the dealer had made different choices.
"Don't deal drugs. If you're not selling drugs then you don't have to worry about this sort of thing," Fowler said. "Then again, drug dealers have a right not to have a gun pointed at them too."