Teen's text leads to drug B-U-S-T

Posted: Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Two teens are expected to face drug charges after mistakenly sending text messages to a 12-year-old Soldotna girl over the weekend.

At about 9 p.m. Saturday, Soldotna troopers got word that the girl had received some "suspicious text messages," according to the incident report. The messages suggested selling a bag of marijuana.

So troopers sent text messages back to the suspect, who was later identified as Megan McLemore, a 19-year-old Wasilla resident, and agreed to meet at the Soldotna Holiday Store for a marijuana deal.

When McLemore and 19-year-old Anchorage resident, Joseph Keeton, drove up in a silver Toyota Camry, the trooper approached the vehicle, according to the investigation, and found three bags of marijuana.

Further investigation found several pills of Percocet and Vicodin in Keeton's backpack, according to troopers. Keeton told troopers that he did not have a prescription for the pills.

Charges of fourth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance will be filed on Keeton, and charges of fifth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance will be filed on McLemore, according to troopers.

The incident marks the second time this month that police made a drug bust after the alleged dealer texted an incorrect number.

Caroline E. Mollet, 27 of Soldotna, was arrested following a Sept. 12 investigation that came after she accidentally texted a member of the Alaska Bureau of Highway Patrol, asking if he wanted to buy prescription pain medication.

Trooper spokeswoman Megan Peters said there's no reason to think that the two cases have any relation.

"Every case has its own merits, and if you go through a lot of cases there's a lot of weird, odd coincidences," Peters said. "It's just one of those things. People make mistakes whether they knowingly make a judgement error or just hit the wrong button, we'll take it."

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

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