Pot deal goes sour in wrong-number text to a constable

July 10, 2014

CHARLEROI – A small-time marijuana sale went sour last month after the alleged dealer from Charleroi mistakenly sent a text message to a state constable with instructions on where to meet for the exchange.

The constable, Marcus Carroll, quickly alerted Charleroi Regional police to the pending drug deal, and an officer then surprised Jordan Burney, 20, in the 600 block of Long Alley, where he thought he was going to meet a woman named Lisa, court records show.

Carroll received a text message about 11:30 p.m. June 28 instructing him to go to Cougar Mini Mart, 750 Lincoln Ave. in North Charleroi, to purchase a gram of marijuana for $20, the affidavit indicates.

After calling police, the text messages continued and moved the meetup to Long Alley.

Police said they found a small amount of marijuana and a cellphone in Burney’s shorts after they stopped him there.

Burney, of 719 McKean Ave., was wanted at the time on a charge of false identification in Florida, but authorities there were not interested in extraditing him due to the distance, the court record states.

He is charged in a summons with drug possession and possession of drug paraphernalia.

He is scheduled to appear for a preliminary hearing at 9 a.m. July 31 before District Judge Larry Hopkins.

Scott Beveridge is a North Charleroi native who has lived most of his life in nearby Rostraver Township. He is a general assignments reporter focusing on investigative journalism and writing stories about the mid-Mon Valley. He has a bachelor's degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a master's from Duquesne University. Scott spent three weeks in Vietnam in 2004 as a foreign correspondent under an International Center for Journalists fellowship.

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