Pair arrested after mistakenly contacting law enforcement officer about drug deal

Pair arrested after mistakenly contacting law enforcement officer about drug deal
(Hurst-L, Ferguson-R) (Source: Rowan County Sheriff's Office)

ROWAN COUNTY, N.C. (WBTV) - Two men were arrested on drug charges on Tuesday after accidentally calling and text messaging a former narcotics officer with the Rowan County Sheriff’s Department about arranging a sale of methamphetamine.

The former officer, now a sergeant with the Rowan County Sheriff’s Department, was first contacted at around 1:30 a.m. on May 14 when police report that a person left multiple missed calls on his phone in a short period of time.

Upon noticing the calls, the sergeant responded with a text message asking who this was, to which the individual identified himself as “Josiah” and alluded to an arranged drug deal. The sergeant was able to determine at this point that the individual was unaware who he was communicating with.

Further conversation via text led the officer to determine the identities of the individuals on the other line as Josiah Patrick Hurst and Brandon Adam Ferguson. The sergeant continued to converse with the pair and agreed to meet them and purchase 3.5 grams of methamphetamine.

After arranging the deal, the sergeant contacted the Salisbury Police Department and informed them of the arrangement, allowing them to assign a narcotics detective to meet the pair at a Food Lion in China Grove where the exchange was supposed to occur.

Upon arriving at the Food Lion, the suspects were apprehended in the parking lot. Both Hurst and Ferguson were charged with conspiring to sell and deliver schedule II narcotics while Ferguson was also charged with possession with intent to sell of distribute schedule II narcotics and possession of drug paraphernalia.

No further information has been released at this time.

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