Tracked Phone Lost at McDonald’s Leads to Drug Arrest

ELIZABETHTOWN – A lost cellphone belonging to a woman in Alabama led police to an Elizabethtown man who had the phone – and cocaine, police said.

Tavon Shamel White, 18, of the 400 block of Gill Street, was charged Thursday with possessing cocaine with intent to sell and deliver, manufacturing cocaine and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

White also was charged with misdemeanor possession of stolen property – the cellphone that the unidentified woman dropped, said Elizabethtown Police Chief Bobby Kinlaw.

The unidentified woman lost the phone about 7 p.m. Jan. 13 at McDonald’s in Elizabethtown, Kinlaw said.

She was in the restaurant when a customer in the dining area began having a seizure, Kinlaw said.

The woman dropped the phone while she was helping the diner, Kinlaw said. She was unable to find it afterward and called police.

The phone was able to be traced, Kinlaw said, and police located it at White’s home.

When White was arrested, he had six plastic bags of cocaine, which he told officers was baby powder, Kinlaw said.



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