Accused drug dealer texts wrong number, cops answer

Wednesday , July 30, 2014 - 2:32 PM

OGDEN -- A case of texting the wrong phone number landed an alleged prescription pill dealer behind bars.

Stacy Coles, 38, was booked into the Weber County Jail on Sunday for suspicion of arranging to distribute a controlled substance, according to a police report. Coles was arrested after she tried selling pills to a sheriff’s deputy she thought was someone else.

Earlier that day, a Weber County resident received a text message from a strange number, asking him if he wanted to buy pills, Sgt. Lane Findlay said.

The resident reported the text to the Sheriff’s Office, which sent a deputy to investigate. The deputy took the number and started texting the other person, who was identified as Coles. 

She was convinced to meet the deputy, whom she thought was another person named Mike, at a nearby gas station to sell him a dozen Percocet pills for $60.

Coles arrived at the gas station and continued to text with the deputy. Even as he drove up to the gas station in his patrol car, she continued messaging him until he finally tapped on her window to talk, Findlay said.

At first she pleaded ignorance to the deputy, but later admitted that she was the one texting him and that she offered to sell him pills. Coles claimed that she had a prescription for the pills, although she didn't actually bring them with her.

Apparently, the real Mike had cheated Coles out of money in the past, so she planned on getting back at him by giving him ibuprofen instead of the Percocets, deputies said. Nonetheless, she was charged for arranging the deal. 

She was booked into jail on a $10,000 bail.

Contact reporter Andreas Rivera at 801-625-4227 or arivera@standard.net. Follow him on Twitter at @SE_Andreas.

 

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