Sorry, Wrong Number! Drug-Sale Text Message Goes To Police Instead

MERIDEN, Conn. (CBS Connecticut) — A recent Pew Research study found 73 percent of cell phone owners send text message and those who do, send an average of more than 40 messages each day. With all those text messages coming and going, it’s not surprising that some reach the wrong recipients.

In Meriden recently, police say officers received a text from an unknown sender, offering black market sale of Percocet tablets, the prescription combination of oxycodone and acetaminophen. He notified the drug unit, continued communication with the texter, and set up a “buy.”

Police say the two people who showed up to sell the drugs grew suspicious, separated and tried to run, but police were able to take both into custody and seized 100 Percocet tablets.

The suspects are identified as 25-year-old Frank Boemmels of Wallingford and 19-year-old Lorraine Apuzzo of Mansfield. Both face charges of criminal attempt to sell narcotics and conspiracy, and Apuzzo also faces charges involving her attempt to escape.

Police say the investigation continues as they look for the source of the drugs and the person for whom the message was actually intended.


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