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Police: Fleeing suspect who dropped phone found posting about it on Facebook

By Ben Hooper
Police in Pennsylvania said a suspected drug dealer who dropped his cellphone while fleeing arrest posted moments later on his Facebook page to warn friends not to call him. Photo by JaysonPhotography/Shutterstock.com
Police in Pennsylvania said a suspected drug dealer who dropped his cellphone while fleeing arrest posted moments later on his Facebook page to warn friends not to call him. Photo by JaysonPhotography/Shutterstock.com

SCRANTON, Pa., Sept. 21 (UPI) -- Authorities in Pennsylvania said a suspected drug dealer who dropped his phone while fleeing police took to Facebook to warn others not to call him.

The Lackawanna County Sheriff's Office said they worked with the Scranton Police Department to investigate James Lee Hankins, 25, who was suspected of selling heroin and crack cocaine under the street name "D-Brown."

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Investigators said undercover detectives contacted Hankins and made a controlled purchase Monday, after which the suspect was ordered to the ground.

Hankins fled the scene, but dropped his cellphone on the ground, investigators said.

Police set up a perimeter and a woman who told police she was familiar with the suspect gave them permission to search her home, where she said he was hiding without her consent.

Hankins was found in the woman's basement shirtless and using a computer to access Facebook. Police discovered he had just posted a warning to friends not to try to contact him via his lost phone, but he altered some key details.

"Phone got stolen so ima b off fb 4 a hot minute dont call my phone til i say other wise [expletive] got hot," the Facebook post, which remained on the site Wednesday, reads.

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Hankins was arrested on multiple drug charges as well as counts of burglary, evidence tampering, resisting arrest, and criminal trespass.

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