New Jersey Drug Dealer Arrested After Accidentally Texting Cop About Drug Deal

| by Jonathan Wolfe

Think you've had some bad luck in your life lately? This story should make you feel at least a little bit better about what's gone wrong for you. 

A New Jersey drug dealer was arrested last Friday after he accidentally texted a police officer to set up a drug deal. The officer, Lt. Eric Danielson, had just purchased a new cell phone with an updated number – a number that apparently used to belong to someone in the drug trade.

The dealer, 33-year-old Nicholas Delear Jr. texted Danielson on Friday night saying he had a quarter pound of marijuana for sale. He told the officer to meet him at a nearby pizzeria. Danielson agreed.

When Delear arrived at the pizzeria, he became suspicious and fled the scene. Police gave chase to him and eventually pulled him over. Delear initially refused to consent to a vehicle search, but police obtained a warrant for one after police dogs detected drugs in his car.

When searching Delear’s car, police found four plastic bags containing one ounce of marijuana each, a digital scale, and $620.

As you’d expect, Delear was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a controlled substance in a vehicle, and several other motor vehicle offenses.

Sources: NJ, Hopatcong-Sparta