Closing a Drug Deal… But First, Let Me Take a Selfie
This guy was arrested for showcasing his drug dealing lifestyle on Facebook.[/caption]Oversharing on Facebook reached new levels recently as a Florida man was arrested for taking selfies that bragged about his drug dealing lifestyle and posting them to the social media site.
Taylor Harrison, 21, posted a series of photos of himself selling drugs next to Martin County Sheriff’s Office deputies. He was ultimately arrested after selling drugs to one of the undercover officers. The photos are now being used as evidence against him.
The sheriff’s office later took to Facebook with a post titled “WHEN SELFIES BACKFIRE,” writing: “since Taylor was kind enough to share photos of us on his Facebook page, we thought we would share these photos of Taylor…” Harrison is currently in jail on $55,500 bond.
Drugs and Social Media
Although this case appears to be exceptionally boneheaded, it’s not the first time drug-related selfies have led to arrests. Last month, federal authorities used Instagram photos posted by drug dealers to make 350 arrests and seize $7 million in substances all across the country, over a single weekend. In New York City, 63 drug dealers were arrested in March 2013 after bragging about their selling and retaliatory violence via Facebook and YouTube.
In August 2013, there were 271 photos on Instagram with the hashtag #weedforsale, in addition to photos with tags like #dankforsale and #pillsforsale. Several Facebook pages were also created by dealers for selling purposes, and many included their personal phone numbers.
A similar issue has come up recently with underage high school and college students posting photos of themselves drinking alcohol on social media platforms. Teenagers are routinely arrested by authorities for these images. The social media photos can also lead to consequences for their academic record.
Even if a photo is set to “private” on Facebook, it can easily be saved onto a desktop and uploaded publicly by a separate user. The only way to keep these photos truly private is to not post them on the Internet at all.