Some criminals are less savvy than others. But few are as unlucky in crime as April Lynn Lavender of West Virginia. The 38-year-old homeowner was busted for drugs after she snitched on herself with a sign on her own front door—no, seriously.
According to a Facebook post from the Fayette County Sheriff's Department, two women in Oak Hill, West Virginia were arrested last week after police looked into a complaint of joyriding. Kristie Weis, a 22-year-old from Kincaid, West Virginia, was busted only for the joyriding offense. But the other woman, Lavender, didn't get off so easy.
While at the residence investigating the alleged joyriding, the deputies reportedly noticed a sign on the home's front door—a sign that led the deputies to conclude that "drugs were most likely being sold from this residence."
Of course, the discovery didn't really require Sherlock Holmes-level detective skills. The bright pink sign taped to the door read, "Due to snitches everyone entering my home is subject to being searched. All cell phones and drinks will be left outside! If you're not a snitch, it won't offend you if I search you!"
Obviously, the deputies got around to asking some questions once they put an end to the joyriding. After questioning the two women, deputies reportedly got consent to search the residence. The deputies copped "quantities of both heroin and methamphetamine, as well as various other unknown substances that were believed to be narcotics."
"If someone posts a sign on their front door about searching 'snitches,' it's a pretty safe bet that there are illegal drugs being sold out of that location," said Sheriff Steve Kessler in a statement.
Because of those findings, Lavender was hit with felony offense charges for "possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver." Both Weis and Lavender were arraigned in the Fayette County Magistrate Court and remanded to the Southern Regional Jail after they posted $1,500 and $10,000 bonds, respectively.
"While drug investigations often require a great deal of time and effort," Sheriff Kessler explained, "sometimes the criminals make our job pretty easy."