A Missouri man trying to sell a catalytic converter online has been arrested after finding a large supply of methamphetamine and a syringe in the background of a photo used for an advertisement.
James Kertz, 38, was arrested in Reeds Spring on Wednesday after posting a photo of a catalytic converter on Facebook Marketplace.
His bag of meth and drug paraphernalia was clearly visible behind the exhaust system on the coffee table, which he was trying to get rid of.
Stone County Sheriff Doug Rader said someone told him about the drug stash shortly after Kertz posted the ad on Facebook.
“Apparently he must have been under the influence because he left his big bag of meth and syringes on the coffee table in the background of the photo he posted,” the sheriff said.
“Be careful, if you are selling articles on social media, make sure your drugs are not in the background! “
The sheriff said officers issued a search warrant at Kertz’s home and discovered 48 grams of methamphetamine and a handgun for which he was not legally licensed.
“We have now provided him with a new place to live. Sorry guys, his catalytic converters aren’t for sale right now, ”the sheriff said.
Kertz remained in Stone County jail without bail Friday for possession of a controlled substance.
He has previously been convicted of resisting arrest, domestic assault, possession of a controlled substance and endangering the well-being of a child.