Police: Dealer messages Luzerne County prosecutor about drug swap by mistake – News – Pennsylvania News

Police: Dealer messages Luzerne County prosecutor about drug swap by mistake – News – Pennsylvania News

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COURTESY OF KINGSTON POLICE Police say John J. Raimondo sent a text about marijuana he wanted to trade for heroin to a wrong number. According to police, the message went to the phone of Assistant District Attorney Jill Matthews, who specializes in drug prosecutions.


 


KINGSTON — Investigators have filed an arrest warrant against a suspected drug dealer who they say outed himself by accidentally messaging a Luzerne County prosecutor for a drug swap.


Police say John J. Raimondo had marijuana he wanted to trade for heroin, so he sent a text message — using drug dealing lingo — to a number he thought belonged to a fellow drug dealer.


But police say he sent the text to the wrong number and the message went to the phone of Assistant District Attorney Jill Matthews, who specializes in drug prosecutions.


She played along.


“She got a text that was an obvious text for a drug deal. She contacted Kingston police and set up the deal,” Luzerne County First Assistant District Attorney Sam Sanguedolce said. “The person thought it was an actual client, but it turns out…

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