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August 2, 2013

Talk about wrong number! McAlester man accused of sending drug-deal text to deputy

McALESTER — Talk about wrong number — a McAlester man allegedly sent a wrong-number text message to Hughes County deputy in an attempt to sell illegal narcotics.

Bobby Dean Whorton, 27, was charged July 23 in Pittsburg County District Court with felony counts of endeavoring/conspiracy to deliver/manufacture/possess a controlled dangerous substance and unlawful use of a communication facility. He was also charged with misdemeanor obstructing an officer.

According to court records, Whorton allegedly sent a text message to Hughes County deputy Bob Russell, who “indicated he was receiving text messages on his cell phone from an individual ... wanting to sell him what he believed to be illegal narcotics,” a police affidavit states.

On July 20, Russell contacted the McAlester Police Department and the Pittsburg County Sheriff’s Office and reported the text messages. Police set up a meeting with Whorton via text message and when Whorton arrived to allegedly make the drug deal, police approached him, the affidavit states.

“Whorton then ran,” the affidavit states, and police pursued him. Whorton allegedly threw drugs and drug paraphernalia on the ground while he was running from the police, and when police apprehended him, they collected the items he allegedly threw to the ground as evidence, the affidavit states. Collected with other items of evidence was the cell phone from which Whorton allegedly sent the “wrong number” text messages.

If convicted, Whorton is facing up to life in prison. He was due back in court Thursday at 9 a.m. He is currently in custody at the Pittsburg County jail in lieu of a $200,000 bond and was unavailable for comment at presstime.

Contact Rachel Petersen at rpetersen@mcalesternews.com.

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