Text Message to Child Results in Drug Arrest
Posted Dec. 8, 2010
Written by Timothy McClanahan
Think about how you'd feel if your 10-year-old got a text message from someone they didn't know. Then think about how you'd feel if it was asking him if he wanted to score some drugs. That's what happened recently to a boy in Wisconsin.
The boy was at his grandfather's home when he got a mysterious text message which read, "You want to buy some hash?" The boy didn't understand the message, so he showed it to his grandfather, who knew what it meant.
Unfortunately for the sender of the text message, a 19-year-old man from Muskego, the boy's grandfather is also a Wisconsin State Trooper. After a quick call to his colleague, Sgt. Nate Clarke, a sting operation was quickly set up to nab the misdialing drug dealer, and a text message was sent in reply to the original query to set the operation in motion.
The dealer was busted that day after troopers found drugs and drug paraphernalia in his car, and the case has been referred to the district attorney's office in Waukesha County for felony possession with intent to deliver and possession of drug paraphernalia.
While this was a case of misdialing that had a happy ending, it highlights the need for parents to monitor the call and text message activity on their children's cell phones. If the recipient of the text message had been a slightly older kid with a desire to try something new and exciting, the outcome could have been far different.
You don't have to be in law enforcement to be able to check up on who is calling or texting your child. You can run a free reverse phone lookup online, which uses public records databases. You enter the mystery phone number into the web site, and millions of public records are searched immediately for a match. If you don't recognize the name that comes back, it may be time to do some detecting of your own, and maybe shine a bright light on your child to see who they've been associating with.