Two Montana Teens Nabbed After Mistakenly Texting Sheriff for Pot

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Two Montana Teens Nabbed After Mistakenly Texting Sheriff for Pot
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HELENA, Mont. (CBS/AP) Police say two Montana teens with no apparent "street smarts" tried to score some marijuana, but they made one little mistake - texting the sheriff.

Authorities say a Helena teen sent out a text message last week in search of marijuana, but instead of contacting the drug dealer, he hit a wrong number and accidentally sent the message that read, "Hey Dawg, do you have a $20 I can buy right now?" to Lewis and Clark County Sheriff Leo Dutton.

Dutton told the Helena Independent Record that he thought the text was a joke at first, but he then realized it was a real request for drugs. He replied to the text and a detective pretending to be the dealer organized a meeting with the boy last Wednesday.

"The kids knew that they were going to be at a particular store at a particular time," Dutton told The Associated Press.

When the detective spotted the two boys, who were 15 and 16, and a man at the store he called the phone number three times to ensure that he had the right person. According to Dutton, when he showed the teens his badge, their faces turned pale and their knees began to shake. One of the boys even fainted.

The man in the group was the father of one of the boys and he was "unaware of what was going on," said Dutton.

No citations were issued after the parents of the boys got involved.