Errant text massage leads to heroin bust
Three people in New York state face felony drug charges after a text message was mistakenly sent to a drug task force officer, alerting cops of a heroin deal.
An incident reports shows the drug enforcement officer received the errant message at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday March 31.
The Dutchess County Drug Task Force agent played along with the mistake and posed as the customer of the alleged dealer. Several text messages were sent back and forth and a meeting was set up at local Pine Plains business.
Cops say the drug agent met two suspects at 9 p.m. to complete the transaction. After the alleged dealers handed the officer 20 bags of heroin, police surrounded the scene and took two suspects into custody.
Cops were later led to a Church Street apartment where 40 more bags of heroin were seized and a third suspect was arrested.
Arrested near the Pine Plains business were Crystal Mazzella, 23, and Bronx, N.Y. resident, Quamian R. Hardy, 20.
Pougkeepsie resident, Leo R. Thompson, 37, was arrested at the Church Street apartment building.
Each suspect has been charged with felony criminal possession of a controlled substance.
According to Task force Sgt. Brett Orlich, cops were happy to get the errant text message.
april 05, 2010
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