Text messages result in 4 arrests in Pittsburg County drug sting

SAVANNA — Talk about a wrong number.

BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Modified: November 23, 2012 at 6:46 am •  Published: November 23, 2012

SAVANNA — Talk about a wrong number.

Savanna Police Chief David Spears started getting odd text messages shortly after he bought a new cell phone for the police department. An affidavit says the police chief contacted a drug task force after he received a text message Nov. 15 asking if he knew anyone “who wanted some tabs.”

Authorities believe the phone number had previously been assigned to someone illegally selling prescription drugs.

A local newspaper reports that Spears texted the person back and set up a meeting at a hardware store in McAlester to buy Lortabs — a prescription painkiller.

Police arrested four people in the parking lot and seized Xanax, Lortabs and marijuana.

All four are due in court Nov. 29 to face formal charges.

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