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POLICE: Man texts off-duty officer about drug deal

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A man appeared in court Monday to face charges of dealing in a controlled substance after Madison, Indiana police say he sent a text about a drug deal to an off-duty officer.

A probable cause affidavit states the Jason Riddle sent a text message to Patrolman Aaron Watson on Dec. 9 saying “Know any1 needin? Can do 2 for 55” (sic).

“He was pretty shocked and thought it was a joke at first,” said Detective Ty Eblen with the Madison Police Department.

Eblen says Watson suspected Riddle was talking about drug activity and arranged to meet him at Gaines Park.

When Watson confronted Riddle, the affidavit states Riddle told Watson he was talking about selling computer parts, but officers did not find any on him. The affidavit states what Watson did find was Subutex, a prescription that treats opiate dependence. Eblen says it can sell for $50 a pill.

“That can be quite a markup,” Eblen said. “If you're getting your prescription paid for it can be all profit.”

In his ten years with the department, Eblen says he's seen drug cases involving prescription pills increase.

“Not only in the county, the city and statewide,” he said. “I really think nationwide prescription pills are an epidemic.”

He says that's partially because the drugs are easy to obtain and easy to sell.

Jail records show Riddle bonded out shortly after he was arrested. His pretrial hearing is set for Feb. 10.

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