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Man texts cop in drug deal


UPI News Service, 06/08/2011 

Texas police say a mother and son were arrested on narcotics charges by an officer who received the son's text message outlining a drug deal by mistake.

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A police statement said Travis Edwin Huffman, 25, of Porter, Texas, allegedly was trying to arrange the sale of narcotic pain pills but mis-sent his intended text to the phone of a Montgomery County police officer.

Precinct 4 undercover narcotics investigators Lt. Mark Seals and Sgt. Ricky Warwick arranged a buy Tuesday in the parking lot of the Porter Walmart. After Huffman sold police hydrocodone pills out of his car, he was arrested, KTRK-TV, Houston, reported Wednesday.

Police then went to the home Huffman shared with his mother, Kimberly "Butterbean" Meadows, 43, where they found marijuana.

After police took Meadows into custody for the marijuana, she allegedly told them she gave Huffman the hydrocodone pills to sell so they would split the proceeds. Huffman allegedly corroborated his mother's statement and both mother and son are now charged with delivery of a controlled substance, the TV station said.

"We've arrested a large number of people for selling narcotics in East County, but this is the first time I can recall a dealer who we were unaware of contacting us to set up a transaction," Police Constable Kenneth Hayden said. "What Mr. Huffman did today was kind of a self-service felony arrest."


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