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Wrong number led to drug charges for Charleroi man

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Wednesday, July 9, 2014, 12:16 a.m.
 

Oops, wrong person.

A text message mistakenly sent to a state constable has a Charleroi man facing drug charges.

Jordan Alexander Burney, 20, of 719 McKean Ave., Apt. 3, told Charleroi Regional Police he thought he was texting a girl named “Lisa.”

Instead, Burney's text message – allegedly an offer to sell a bag of marijuana – went to constable Marcus Carroll, police said.

Carroll called Officer Michael Leasure after he received the cell phone message 12:32 p.m. June 28, according to a criminal complaint filed with Magisterial District Judge Larry Hopkins in Charleroi.

Leasure and Marcus arranged a controlled purchase from Burney.

Burney, via text messages, stated he would sell a gram of marijuana to “Lisa” for $20, and they agreed to meet behind the Myford Hotel in Charleroi, according to the complaint.

As Marcus continued texting Burney, Leasure drove to the area of the Groom & Vroom Car Wash.

Police spotted Burney walking and stopped him near the 600 block of Long Alley.

Asked where he was going, Burney allegedly told police he was “just taking a walk,” the complaint states. When Leasure asked him if he was there to sell marijuana, Burney allegedly said he thought he was “texting Lisa.”

A bag of suspected marijuana was found in a pocket of Burney's shorts, the complaint states. A cell phone was found in a front pocket, police said.

At the police station, police learned Burney is wanted in Florida on underage drinking and false identification charges. Officials in Florida told police Burney would not be extradited on the charges, because he is not in a surrounding state.

Burney was charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

The charges were sent via postal summons and Burney was released.

He faces a preliminary hearing before Hopkins 9 a.m. July 31.

Stacy Wolford is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-684-2640 or at swolford@tribweb.com.

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