Errant text message leads to drug arrest


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Pendleton - While most text messages sent to wrong phone numbers are ignored or deleted, the content of one recent misdirected message — which made its way to an off-duty law enforcement officer — prompted the Pendleton Police Department to stage a quick drug sting in Markleville.

According to a PPD probable cause affidavit, an officer received a text message Sunday, Jan. 26, seemingly offering cocaine for sale. Within a few hours, police officers arrested Kevin E. Huffman, 43, of Straughn at a gas station.

“I was off duty at home and received a text message on my Pendleton Police Department issued cellular phone station,” the affidavit said. “I believed that this individual texting me was wanting to sell me cocaine.”

The suspicious text message read “got some decent powder u might b interested in soft 80/gram.”

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