A Louisiana man accidentally texted the wrong number about a meth deal and it earned him jail time. He found out the hard way that sometimes the wrong number can be a big mistake.
Dwayne Herbert was making final arrangements for a crystal meth deal, but he mistakenly texted the sheriff’s deputy about the deal, the sheriff said on Monday.
The sheriff’s department even went along with it by replying to the message, before notifying the Narcotic’s Division.
Herbert, 39 of Pierre Part, showed up with the crystal meth and two guns, Sheriff Leland Falcon said. Herbert was then arrested by the deputies. He faces charges ranging from meth possession to resisting an officer.
The sheriff’s department did not disclose the amount of meth that was seized from the deal.
The sheriff said that Herbert was also arrested back in November on accusations that he ran a meth lab out of his boat. He was released on a $90,000 bond for those charges.
Herbert is awaiting a hearing.
This unfortunate event may not be very common, but it is not the first time someone has offered drugs to the wrong number that just so happened to be a police officer.
In September, a woman in Indiana was accused of sending a wrong-number text to officers offering meth for sale.
Shelby Eicks, 20, sent a text message offering to sell and deliver meth, according to police. The text message actually went to the phone number of a New Whiteland Police Department officer.
Undercover detectives met with Eicks, where she sold them half an ounce of methamphetamine for $575 at a fast food restaurant on September 10.
She later decided to meet up with them again. On September 15, she arrived at the allotted location and offered to sell the investigators 17 prescription pain pills for $135.
Eicks was arrested on charges of dealing methamphetamine and the dealing of a controlled substance.
There have been other cases similar to this situation where an officer posed as a drug dealer. Courts have failed to protect data regarding drugs when it is found on your phone.
In one case, a suspected drug dealer, Daniel Lee, was arrested and the investigator continued to text his customer as him.
Detective Kevin Sawyer continued on a conversation with Shawn Hinton in which Sawyer claimed to be about to “drop off my last.” This is when Hinton asked, who he believed to be Lee, to “save me a ball.”