Police: 911 operator heard caller making drug deal

CLEVELAND (AP) - Police in Cleveland say a man called 911
because he felt he was in danger - then asked the dispatcher to
hold on while he made a drug deal.
Police Lt. Thomas Stacho said Tuesday that Alejandro Melendez
was arrested after the call and was charged with possessing
cocaine.
Police said Melendez called 911 late Saturday and reported that
two men with guns were watching him.
Police records show he hung up, so the dispatcher called back.
Melendez answered and asked the dispatcher to hold on, but the
dispatcher could still hear what was being said.
A voice can be heard on the recording of the call saying: "What
you need? A 10-pack? You need a 10-pack? All right." Police say
"10-pack" is slang for a bundle of heroin.
The dispatcher called police, who found Melendez at the location
he gave, had the dispatcher call his cell phone again, and said
they found cocaine in his trousers.
There was no immediate indication Tuesday if Melendez, 20, had
an attorney to speak for him.

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