Wrong Number Leads to Arrest

Misdirected call lands drug suspect in jail

By Bruce Felps
|  Friday, May 20, 2011  |  Updated 11:13 AM CDT
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Wrong Number Leads to Arrest

Denis Poroy

"I just want to get some weed."

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by Bruce Felps

There’s probably only one thing worse than drunk-dialing and that would be dumb-dialing, particularly when you’re trying to arrange a drug buy.

One James Dunn, according to an Associated Press story that hit the wire Friday, dumb-dialed an attempt to score some pot and connected with the cell phone of a Brownwood police officer. The lawman told Dunn he’d reached the wrong number, so Dunn dumber-dialed the same number again and connected with the same officer ... again.

Dunn persevered in his attempts and on the second call told the officer he just wanted “to get some weed." In the immortal words of Bugs Bunny, “What a maroon.”

Speaking of immortal words, after the second call came in the officer looked skyward and mouthed, “Thank you, oh Lord, for dumbass criminals,” maybe.

He set up a drop with Dunn to swap marijuana for prescription drugs, slam dunked the cuffs on him and his wife, Bertha Dunn, and carted them off to the hoosegow ... sorry, allegedly carted them off to the hoosegow.

The moral of this story, kids, is that you don’t want to go messing with some old girl named Bertha. It just diminishes your mental faculties.


Bruce Felps owns and operates East Dallas Times, an online community news outlet serving the White Rock Lake area. Really? After all this time he remembered the “Bertha Butt Bogie?” The boy is a fountain of useless information.
 

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