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Facebook seller lists catalytic converter online but forgets to hide bag of meth

Police say James Kertz was “surprised” after his attempt to sell a catalytic converter on Facebook landed him in jail

James Kertz was arrested after he shared a photograph of a catalytic converter he was looking to sell on Facebook, but did not realise that his drugs and firearm were in the background.

A dim-witted drug taker was arrested after he accidentally posted a photograph of a large bag of meth, a syringe and a gun on Facebook Marketplace.

When James Kertz shared a photograph of the catalytic converter he was looking to sell, he did not realise that his drugs and firearm were in the background.

But police officers from Stone County Sheriff’s Department in Missouri soon spotted the illicit items, obtained a search warrant and arrested the 38-year-old at his home in Reeds Spring on Wednesday.

They also seized almost 50 grams of methamphetamine and the Taurus revolver.

Stone County Sheriff Doug Rader believes the bumbling salesman “must have been under the influence” when he took the photograph because he “left his large bag of meth and syringe on the coffee table”.

When he was being questioned by officers, he said he did not realised the illicit items were in the photograph.



The revolver and meth Stone County Sheriff’s Office officers in Missouri seized after a drug user accidentally posted a photo of them on Facebook while trying to sell a car part




“Take note, if you are selling items on social media, make sure your drugs are not in the background!” he posted on Facebook.

“Today we arrived at this gentleman’s house with a search warrant. You can imagine his surprise!!

“He still had 48 grams of meth and a pistol that he is forbidden to own!”



James Kertz, 38, was arrested at home after he inadvertently posted a photograph of meth and a gun on Facebook
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“We have now provided him a new place to stay.”

Kertz remains in custody at Stone County Jail without bond and faces charges of possessing a controlled substance and parole violation.

Anyone wanting to purchase the catalytic converter will have to wait. The item is currently not for sale.







Kertz has previous convictions for resisting arrest, third-degree domestic assault, possession of a controlled substance, and endangering the welfare of a child, according to KY3.

Police records show he served time at Algoa Correctional Center Missouri after he was sentenced to six years imprisonment for drug offences.

Sheriff Rader told the news station: “During the execution of the search warrant, there was 48 grams of methamphetamine found in the residence and a handgun.

“Not only did I get the original tip, I had numerous people send us Facebook messages about the same post so I appreciate our Stone County residents for looking out for this kind of thing.”




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