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Idaho man is arrested after sending text offering meth to cop

By source, Sep 7, 2012 | | |
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    LEWISTON, Idaho (AP) — An Idaho man apparently trying to get the most bang for his drug-purchasing buck mistakenly sent a text message to a narcotics detective while he searched for people to join him in a methamphetamine buy.

    Aaron D. Templeton of Lewiston was arrested this week and charged with conspiracy to deliver methamphetamine.

    A police detective received a text Wednesday morning asking if he knew anyone looking for drugs, and after determining it wasn't his co-workers playing a joke, arranged to meet the man named Aaron the same day to deliver $150 that would be pooled with money from other buyers to enable a bulk purchase of meth, officials said.

    “It is common for dealers to try to get money fronted to them to get a better deal,” said police Capt. Roger Lanier.

    The detective, whom Lanier declined to identify, watched from a distance as two police officers pulled up behind Templeton's car at the designated meeting place.

    Templeton then reportedly texted: “Well that's weird, a cop just pulled up on me so what's up with that.”

    Police recovered Templeton's cellphone, which they say included the text messages regarding the deal.

    A woman who was with Templeton was arrested and charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.

    Templeton, 37, is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on Sept. 19, according to Nez Perce County court records. A spokeswoman in the prosecutor's office said Friday he does not yet have an attorney.

    “It all started apparently from a wrong number,” Lanier told the Lewiston Tribune. “I don't think he would have a narcotics detective in his contacts list.”

    Spokesman.com Friday 7th September 2012.
    Picture from The Huffington Post.

Comments

  1. hookedonhelping
    Darwin Award winner for 2012? I would say the text message declaring the ironic nature of the cops pulling up at the meeting spot makes this a slam dunk. I know we still have a few more months till year end, but this one is a no brainer.. incredible how nonchalant (and incredibly risky) meth users are when communicating with one another to conspire to commit a felony offense.. Dumb beyond the definition.. survival of the fittest I suppose.

    This also makes me wonder if this guy had a narco's number in his phone, and accidentally sent the text to his narco contact as well.. Meth will make ya do some crazy things, in this case, absolutely mindless mentally handicap things.
  2. enquirewithin
    I wonder how that happened too. That is a funny story-- almost a warning against taking meth! :(
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