HARRINGTON, Del.- Authorities say two people are facing charges after one of them mistakenly sent text messages to a Harrington police officer asking to buy drugs.
Harrington police on Wednesday charged 19-year-old Alisha M. West and 33-year-old Jesse M. Pittman, both of Dover, with third-degree criminal solicitation and third-degree conspiracy.
Investigators said the arrests stemmed from an incident in which an officer with the Harrington Police Department began receiving text messages from an unknown phone number. According to police, the person who was texting the officer began asking to buy Percocet pills.
The officer began texting back with the unknown number and arranged to meet the person who sent the texts at the Moose Lodge on South DuPont Highway in Harrington. When the scheduled meeting took place, officers from the Harrington Police Department converged on a vehicle occupied by West and Pittman and arrested them without incident. There was also a 3-month-old baby in the car that was uninjured, according to police.
While speaking to West and Pittman, officers said they determined that the number West was texting was a wrong number and she did not know the number belonged to a police officer. West and Pittman were issued criminal summons for the aforementioned offenses, with Pittman being additionally charged with possession of drug paraphernalia. Both were released pending a future court appearance.
The infant in the vehicle was turned over to the custody of its mother.