BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - Narcotics detectives say an unwitting drug dealer texted them all the information they needed to bust him and his partner.
A few days ago, an Amherst couple reached out to the Erie County Sheriff's Office when they started to receive unwanted text messages about a "bundle," which is slang for an amount of heroin. Detectives had the couple provide the unknown sender with a new number, putting the sender directly in communication with authorities, who then set up a deal.
On Thursday, deputies waited at the corner of South Division and Ellicott Streets in Buffalo for the drug dealer to arrive. Around 5:15 p.m., 34-year-old Ricardo Maldonado and 24-year-old Nicholas Moore, both of Dunkirk, were taken into custody.
Authorities say Moore was the unknown sender. He was charged with conspiracy for allegedly negotiating the drug deal.
Maldonado, a two-time convicted felon, was charged with criminal possession of narcotic drugs with intent to sell and criminal possession of a controlled substance. Deputies say he had five bundles of heroin on his person.
Both suspects are currently being held in the Erie County Holding Center.
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