Alleged drug dealer mistakenly gives RCMP phone number to buyers

The RCMP were looking for leads until this one almost literally, dropped into their laps.
The RCMP were looking for leads until this one almost literally, dropped into their laps. Photo iStock.

Stop here if you heard this one before: an alleged Alberta drug dealer may have given out a wrong number to buyers as his contact number.

No biggie, right? Well, not exactly. The problem was that the phone number belonged to none other than a police officer: RCMP Cpl. John Spaans.

An irritated Spaans, who was on vacation at the time, started asking who they were looking for, after getting several phone calls from strangers on his personal cell phone that were looking for the good stuff.

Even though Spaans had initially hung up several times, those looking to score some drugs were quite persistent in their efforts. Spaans told CBC News: “But they kept calling back…And I suspect they figured I was playing coy or something like that.”

However, when Spaans heard the name of the person whom they were looking for, he thought he’d won the lottery. As luck would have it, the alleged dealer was none other than a person of interest in an ongoing drug investigation.

You would have thought that the alleged dealer would have realized there was something wrong when he stopped getting “business” calls, but apparently not.

The RCMP had been investigating street level drug trafficking in Alberta, and were looking for leads until this one almost literally, dropped into their laps.

After having been tipped off by the alleged dealer’s own clientele, police obtained a search warrant of his home. Not surprising, they found money and drugs.

Trevor Dennis of Athabasca, whom Spaans was mistaken for, was arrested and charged with Possession of Marijuana for the Purpose of Trafficking and Possession of Cocaine. He has been released on bail, but is expected to appear in court next week to answer to the charges.

Don’t think it escaped the RCMP how amusing a situation this was. Commenting on the situation on their own website, Boyle RCMP Detachment Commander Sergeant Kevin McGillivray had this to say: “Police work doesn’t get much easier than this.” Probably not.

Astonishingly, even after Dennis’ arrest, Spaans is still getting text messages with drug orders from those looking to score, who apparently still haven’t realized they reached a police officer instead of their alleged dealer. Says Spaans, “I suspect the text messages will continue for the next little bit anyway.”

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