Text Message Derails Alleged Drug Ripoff Scheme
JACKSON, Calif. (D'D) ― A mistyped phone number sent a text message to a probation officer, setting up a sting for two drug-seeking suspects and derailing their alleged plot to rob a drug dealer, according to police.
The Amador County Sheriff's Department said Trevor Hobaugh allegedly entered a single incorrect digit in the phone number when he sent a text message that read, "Hey man, you got any dank?"
The message ended up on the cell phone of a very surprised Amador County probation officer, who passed the message on to the Amador County Narcotics Task Force.
An undercover officer with the task force, who asked not to be identified, said the department immediately sent back text messages posing as a drug dealer.
"They have little slang terms," the officer said. "'Dank' is one of those terms for marijuana."
Through the text message exchange, officers learned Hobaugh was allegedly trying to set up a trade: Oxycontin pills for marijuana and cash.
Furthermore, Hobaugh texted another man, Wesley Nelson, in hopes of setting the dealer up for a double cross, according to police.
"He wasn't going to sell, he was just going to rip us off," the officer said.
Both men were eventually arrested and could face both drug and attempted robbery charges.