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Police: Drug dealers texted officer

May 31, 2012 at 5:22 PM

SANTA MARIA, Calif., May 31 (UPI) -- Authorities in California said two suspected methamphetamine dealers were arrested after allegedly sending text message advertisements to a police officer.

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department said a Santa Maria police officer received a text message Tuesday from a number he did not recognize offering to sell drugs, KSBY-TV, San Luis Obispo, reported Thursday.

A sheriff's office spokesman said the officer agreed to purchase 2 grams of methamphetamine, and Reymundo Carlos Escobedo and John Martin Silvera arrived at the agreed-upon meeting place and were confronted by members of the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Narcotics Unit.

The men were arrested on drug charges and booked into the Santa Barbara County Jail in lieu of $30,000 bail.

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