A wrong phone number proved lucky for one Warrenton Police officer Thursday, when a text-messaging conversation on a department-issued cellphone resulted in the arrest of a Longview, Wash., woman waiting to make a drug deal.

At 3 p.m. Thursday, Officer Ray Ayers was coming on duty for his patrol shift when he turned his work cellphone on to find a text and voicemail from a woman named Diana.

The text message said she had some “stuff” and wanted to know if he wanted any. The voicemail stated she had “blue 30 milligram” and asked if he could “help her out.”

Unsure whether the text and voicemail messages were a mistake or a joke, Ayers knew “blue” was a reference to the prescription medication Oxycodone, and decided to play along.

“Throughout his shift, he and Diana texted back and forth determining what type of drugs she had to offer, how much she would charge, and eventually where to meet,” a press release from Warrenton Police Chief Mathew Workman read. “The plan was to meet at the Warrenton Fred Meyer and complete the deal.”

That’s where Officer Ayers, along with another Warrenton police officer and two deputies from the Clatsop County Sheriff’s Office, remained concealed until a vehicle arrived in the area.

At approximately 2:45 a.m., Ayers and the deputies walked to the arranged location and located 48-year-old Diana Cochran. After a brief conversation with Cochran and confirming it was her cellphone Ayers had been communicating with, she agreed to a consent search and officers discovered her to be in possession of methamphetamine, marijuana, prescription drugs and various drug paraphernalia.

Cochran told Ayers she was given his cellphone number at a hotel by a man named “Wayne,” who she thought she had been texting with.

She was arrested and charged with attempted delivery of marijuana, a class A misdemeanor, attempted delivery of Oxycodone, a class B felony, and possession of a controlled substance for meth, a class C felony.

She was booked into the Clatsop County Jail.

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