An alleged meth trafficker was busted by Florida cops — all thanks to his lost wallet, authorities said.
Sean Michael Edwards, of Winter Haven, got on the radar of the Polk County Sheriff’s Office on Sept. 18 when a good Samaritan turned in the 36-year-old’s missing billfold, complete with his ID and $565 inside, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
The deputies “dig some digging” and learned that Edwards had a felony meth trafficking warrant out for his arrest, deputies said in a lengthy Facebook post Sunday.
That’s when they hatched a plan to bust the alleged drug dealer by getting him to come pick up his cash three days later.
“A text message was sent to Sean, informing him that we had his wallet,” the post said. “We may have forgot to mention we were deputies though. Silly us.”
An unwitting Edwards agreed to meet within 20 minutes at a 7-Eleven in Winter Haven, where he said he’d arrive by motorcycle, department officials said.
“Deputies laughed, and laughed, and laughed,” the post continued. “They had Sean’s license and knew he wasn’t licensed to drive a motorcycle.”
Edwards was later taken into custody at the 7-Eleven once deputies spotted him pulling in. A helicopter was also called in for backup, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Carrie Horstman said.
“Just in case he took off, we’d already have it in the air,” Horstman told The Post Monday of the precautionary measure.
Cops found $3,132 in cash and a plastic bag with more than 2 ounces of a white crystalline substance that later tested positive for meth during a search of Edwards and his white motorcycle, according to an affidavit obtained by the Sentinel.
In addition to multiple felony drug counts — including trafficking methamphetamine — Edwards was charged with driving a motorcycle without a license, a misdemeanor, online records show.
“On a positive note, Sean will finally get his wallet back when he’s released,” department officials continued on Facebook. “Whenever that may be. It’s in a brown paper bag in inmate property.”
Edwards was released from the Polk County Jail Wednesday after posting $111,750 bond, online records show. It’s unclear whether he’s hired an attorney.