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Illinois man arrested on drug charges after mistakenly texting retired sheriff

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MCCRACKEN COUNTY, Ky. -

An Illinois man was arrested on drug charges in Kentucky after he mistakenly sent drug-related text messages to a retired sheriff.

Just a few days into retirement, former McCracken County Sheriff John Hayden received some text messages from an unknown number asking if he wanted to buy drugs.

Hayden contacted detectives who identified the number as belonging to 37-year-old Jakob Smejka of Metropolis, Illinois. Under direction of detectives, Hayden texted Smejkal back and agreed to meet him in the parking lot of a gas station to buy pills.

Two deputies then drove to the gas station where they found and stopped Smejkal.

"The individual agreed to meet and once he pulled up he was approached by our deputies, and basically confronted with the facts that he had been texting a former sheriff and he reported that, and that's why we were there," said McCracken County Sheriff Matt Carter.  "And the individual became really cooperative and honest."

The deputies seized 20 doses of Adderall from Smejkal, who admitted he was intending to sell the pills.

 He was charged and taken to jail for buying and possession of drug paraphernalia as well as trafficking a controlled substance.

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