Busted: Wrong number leads to drug arrest

Posted: Thursday, September 16, 2010

Attempting to sell drugs to a cop usually doesn't work out too well.

Caroline E. Mollet, 27 of Soldotna, learned that lesson over the weekend when she texted an Alaska State Trooper on Sunday night asking if he wanted to purchase prescription pain meds.

At about 9 p.m. on Sept. 12, trooper Casey Hershberger got a text from a phone number he did not recognize asking if he was interested in buying three 75 milligram Duragesic patches for $40 each, according to police reports.

A few hours later, Hershberger responded, baiting Mollet toward a drug deal.

Hershberger is not on duty until the end of the week, but trooper spokeswoman Megan Peters said Mollet contacted Hershberger by mistake.

"She texted the wrong number, and it just happened to be a member of the Bureau of Highway Patrol," Peters said.

At about 11 p.m. Sunday, Hershberger answered a call from the same phone number and spoke to someone who called herself Caroline, according to the investigation.

The two arranged a drug deal to take place behind the Dairy Queen in Soldotna. Hershberger asked Mollet to describe herself, according to the trooper's report.

With the deal set to go, Hershberger swung by the station to grab an unmarked car and drove it to the Dairy Queen at about 12:30 a.m. on Monday. Once parked, Hershberger got another phone call from the same number, and he asked Mollet to, again, describe what she was wearing. She obliged, according to troopers.

Then, Mollet approached Hershberger's vehicle, and he saw the woman matched the description given to him over the phone. Mollet showed Hershberger the Duragesic patch and said it was on sale for $40, according to trooper reports.

Mollet told the trooper that she doesn't have a prescription for the medication, but that she steals the patches from her mother, who has medical conditions. Mollet also said she has been selling them throughout summer, according to the investigation.

Duragesic patches are prescription drugs used to treat severe, chronic pain. Hershberger also found two Clonazepam pills in Mollet's possession, according to the report. Clonazepam is used to treat seizures and other panic disorders.

Hershberger cuffed Mollet and took her to the Wildwood Pre-trial facility, where she is being held on a $15,000 cash performance bond and a $5,000 unsecured appearance bond.

Mollet was arraigned on felony drug charges and a misdemeanor theft charge at the Kenai Courthouse on Monday.

Andrew Waite can be reached at andrew.waite@peninsulaclarion.com.

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