Man Dials Wrong Number, Sets Up Drug Deal With Cop

By McCarton Ackerman 09/26/14

Leroy Da’Von Gabriel thought he was getting the hook up, but got cuffed instead.

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An Indianapolis man could spend at least the next 12 years behind bars after accidentally dialing the wrong number and setting up a drug deal with a state trooper.

Leroy Da’Von Gabriel, 19, mistakenly called Indiana State Trooper Daniel Criswell and offered up to two grams of “boy,” a street term for heroin. After arranging to meet at a gas station in the city, Criswell turned up in a marked police car with another officer. Upon Gabriel's arrest, police searched his car and found a small bag containing drugs. He has since been charged with dealing and possessing narcotics, with his charge of dealing in a narcotic drug carrying a possible 12-year sentence.

Surprisingly, this is hardly the first time police have been inadvertently contacted about a drug deal. A Montana teenager was busted in September 2010 after sending out a text message to buy marijuana, but hit a wrong number and had his drug request go to the Lewis and Clark County sheriff. But after contacting his parents, local police decided not to issue any citations.

Last October, New Jersey native Nicholas Delear Jr. was arrested after mistakenly contacting a police officer to set up a drug sale. He sent a text message advertising pot for sale, but the number went to the phone belonging to the 10-year-old son of Lt. Eric Danielson in the Township of Sparta Police Department. Police arrived at the scene of the pizzeria where the deal was supposed to take place and arrested Delear, in addition to confiscating four ounces of marijuana, a digital pocket scale, and $620 in cash. He was slapped with several charges including possession with intent to distribute marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

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McCarton Ackerman is a freelance writer and editor living in Portland, Oregon. He has been a contributor for The Fix since October 2011, writing on a wide range of topics ranging from medical marijuana in Colorado to the world's sexiest drug smugglers. Follow him on Linkedin and Twitter.

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