Police: Southern NJ "robbery" was failed drug deal

The News Leader

May 15, 2010 9:20:12 AM PDT
Police in southern New Jersey say a man who claimed to have been robbed was actually angry with someone who sold him imitation drugs. Middle Township police say 24-year-old Lawrence Walsh called them Thursday and said he had been robbed at a convenience store.

Officers soon responded, but the alleged assailant had fled in a cab.

But police say Walsh, who lives in a township motel, had gone there to buy cocaine from Thomas M. Sexton, a 23-year-old Lower Township resident. When he realized Sexton had sold him crushed sheetrock, he made the robbery report.

Sexton was charged with distribution of imitation drugs, while Walsh was charged with wandering in a public place to purchase drugs. And more charges may be filed.

Neither man returned phone messages on Saturday, and it was not known they had retained lawyers.