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article imageSuspected meth dealer accidentally sends police text message

By Leigh Goessl     Jun 2, 2012 in Crime
An alleged drug dealer made a major gaffe last Tuesday when he texted an "errant" text message to a police officer. He was reportedly trying to make a sale.
According to a May 30 Santa Barbara news release, two suspected methamphetamine dealers are now in the Santa Barbara Jail.
Police said around 7 a.m. Tues. a member of the Santa Maria Police Department Narcotics suppression team received "several errant" texts from an individual trying to sell narcotics.
Santa Monica Police went along with the texts and set up a meeting to purchase 2 grams of meth.
"Once a location and price had been agreed upon, the SMPD detective notified members of the Sheriff’s Narcotics Unit who arrived at the location and contacted Reymundo Carlos Escobedo (DOB 11/13/72), who was awaiting the arrival of, what he believed, was a customer wanting to purchase narcotics," said police.
Another man, suspected of being Escobedo's supplier, was also arrested after he showed up at the meeting with 7 grams of methamphetamine.
Police arrested John Martin Silvera, 35, and the 39-year-old Escobedo; the duo was booked into the Santa Barbara County Jail and held on $30,000 bail.
Police charged the two men with controlled substance for sale, transportation of a controlled substance and criminal conspiracy.
Last week a Delaware woman was arrested after she text messaged a Maryland police officer and allegedly tried to sell marijuana.
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