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Woman texts officer for drugs

March 17, 2011

A Hickory woman thought she sent her friend a text message about selling drugs, but she mistakenly sent the message to a police officer.

Conover Police charged 18-year-old Jessica Lucas with possession of drug paraphernalia and a drug violation after she mistakenly offered to sell drugs Wednesday to a sheriff's deputy.

Conover Police Lt. Mark Stump said Lucas was texting who she thought was a high school-aged friend about a marijuana purchase. Lucas apparently typed in the wrong number, and the message went to Lt. T. McManus, with the Caldwell County Sheriff's Office.

Stump said McManus received the text message from an unknown number on his cell phone, then he received a phone call.

"(Lucas) thought she was calling a friend," Stump said.

Lucas allegedly told McManus to meet her at the Conover Wal-Mart on Zelkova Court NW in 15 minutes. She gave McManus a description of her vehicle, a 1988 Cadillac Deville, and her name.

McManus alerted Conover Police to the incident, and two officers went to Wal-Mart to see if Lucas arrived.

Police saw a vehicle that matched the description of Lucas' pull into the Wal-Mart parking lot about 9:15 p.m. They stopped Lucas and questioned her.

"She was acting really nervous," Stump said.

Officers searched Lucas' vehicle and found two bags containing what officers believe was about a half ounce of marijuana. They also located digital scales used for measuring drug weight.

Lucas was transported to Catawba County jail and placed under a $500 secured bond. She is out of jail on bond.

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