A 17-year-old Gresham resident allegedly wished to sell drugs on April 7 and sent a text to a potential buyer. He used a telephone number that was provided to him, but it is not stated how he obtained the number. The boy sent a text asking for $120 and an unknown quantity of cigarettes in exchange for 42 pills containing Tylenol with codeine. At the time, he was at a private home in Shawano.
The person on the other end of the telephone number, however, was the Stockbridge-Munsee Chief of Police. The police department had allegedly set up a fake drug purchase in order to try to catch persons selling drugs. As a result of the sting operation, the boy was arrested on suspicion of committing drug crimes.
The boy was charged with possession of drugs with intent to deliver. Because he is a juvenile, his identifying information was not released. It was not stated whether the teen is currently in custody.
When police engage in conduct that may induce a law-abiding citizen to commit a crime, their behavior may constitute entrapment, which can be a complete defense against charges of criminal activity. In some cases, a criminal defense attorney may be able to help review all of the relevant information to see if police induced a person to commit a crime that would not have otherwise been attempted. An attorney may also be able to negotiate a favorable plea bargain to a lesser included offense or present a defense at trial to help minimize the impact of criminal charges.
Source: WAOW, "Charges: Gresham teen texted chief offering drugs," April 10, 2013