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Detectives Say Drug Dealers Mistakenly Texted Police In Santa Barbara County, Trying To Set Up Deal

Posted on Thursday, May 31, 2012 12:39am

Authorities say some drug dealers apparently needed to brush up on their ability to send text messages, after they accidentally sent messages to an undercover officer in Santa Barbara County, offering to sell them drugs.

A Santa Maria Police narcotics enforcement officer received the text this week, and went along with the message, setting up a buy in Santa Maria.

Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s narcotics officers were then clued in to the situation, and helped arrest Reymundo Carlos Escobedo, who they say was carrying about two grams of methamphetamine when he showed up to make the deal. Then, a man investigators say was Escobedo’s supplier also arrived at the location, and was arrested with seven grams of methamphetamine. He was identified as John Martin Silvera. Detectives say they knew they had the right man, because Silvera’s cell phone had the text messages setting up the buy with the undercover officer.

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