“I’m going to jail” tweets teenage drug suspect during police raid
by Marie Coronel,
JAMES CITY COUNTY, Va. (WTKR) – A James City County teen is accused of dealing drugs then tweeting about it while investigators raided his home.
Officers said they found about $25,000 worth of marijuana in the home, as well as a shotgun.
While investigators searched his home, 19-year-old Michael Pace took to Twitter sending out live tweets describing the scene.
He tweeted, “I’m going to jail.”
I'm going to jail.—
Michael Pace (@itsmichaelpace) May 17, 2012
The Jamestown High School student is now facing several felony charges but remains out on bond, tweeting, “Glad I’m not waking up in jail.”
Glad I'm not waking up in jail!—
Michael Pace (@itsmichaelpace) May 18, 2012
NewsChannel 3 obtained most of Pace’s tweets including one just two days before the bust: “Homegrown” and “Smokin’ this straight up.”
Investigators are aware of Pace’s Twitter account and continue to monitor his activity.
“We treat it like any other form of information or intelligence as it presents.
We value it. In this instance, we will look at the information and see what new [information] we can learn as we prosecute these charges,” says Major Steve Rubino of the James City County Police Department.
We reached out to Pace several times at his home and on Twitter and he refused to comment on the charges.
He continues to tweet. The latest stated “I actually wish I was in school.”
Damn, I actually wish I was at school :(—
Michael Pace (@itsmichaelpace) May 21, 2012