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Rogers County Sheriff: Man Tried To Score Drugs From 10-Year-Old

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The woman's 10-year-old son got text messages from guys wanting to buy drugs. The woman's 10-year-old son got text messages from guys wanting to buy drugs.
An undercover investigator met the texter at a McDonald's in Catoosa this week. An undercover investigator met the texter at a McDonald's in Catoosa this week.
Matthew Allen. Matthew Allen.

Lacie Lowry, News On 6

ROGERS COUNTY, Oklahoma -- A woman helped Rogers County Sheriff's deputies in a drug bust, after her 10-year-old son got text messages from people wanting to buy drugs.

The boy got the cell phone a few weeks ago for emergencies. Within a week, strangers started texting him.

"The first one we got was at 6:59 in the evening. It says 'Can you get any bars?'" Teresa said.

Teresa saved the text messages her son received in late September from two different people.

"It said, ‘I dealt with you a while back, do you have any more, Andy?'" She said.

The mother of two says she bought the phone for her son's safety and can't believe it led to such a dangerous exchange.

"I was like, 'This can't be happening. Not to a 10-year-old kid who has no idea... even about that stuff.'" she said.

Teresa immediately called the Rogers County Sheriff's Office and gave them all the information. Then deputies got to work.

"Continued to make efforts to contact our bad guy and set up some type of a drug transaction," said Scott Walton, Rogers County Sheriff.

An undercover investigator met the texter at a McDonald's in Catoosa this week. Sheriff Walton says the deputy sold 20-year-old Matthew Allen five Xanax for $20 and they went their separate ways.

"He has a drug habit. This is probably all in the course of feeding his drug habit himself that he enters into these transactions," Walton said.

Deputies pulled Allen over just moments later, but Walton says Allen ate all the evidence before they could stop him.

Allen was already on a deferred sentence for possession of a controlled substance within 2,000 feet of a school. Teresa's just glad he never got that close to her son, and encourages parents to be watchful.

"Keep an eye on their kids, keep in their life. If they have cell phones, keep a watch over the cell phones and what they do," Teresa said.

Matthew Allen is in the Rogers County Jail for possession of a controlled substance. The terms of his original drug case out of Tulsa County ordered him to stay clean until June of 2012.

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