A wrong number saved in a cell phone has resulted in a drug bust in Marion County. A joint investigation by the Marion County Sheriff's Office and Flippin Police Department resulted in the arrest of 60-year-old Edward Wnek of Yellville.
According to a Flippin Police Chief Dusty Smith, the investigation stemmed from a voicemail with drug-related information received by a deputy at the sheriff's office on Monday. The voicemail came from a number the deputy did not recognize.
Later in the day, the deputy received texts from the number initiating drug-related conversation. Eventually, the deputy was asked to buy morphine pills. After consulting with investigators, the deputy responded to the texts to set up a time and location to make the purchase.
Smith said authorities set up surveillance at the location and observed a vehicle at the meeting place. The deputy received another text after the vehicle arrived, and officers then made contact with Wnek in the vehicle.
Officers advised Wnek of their knowledge of the arrangement for the transaction and discovered him in possession of morphine, with additional morphine pills packaged for sale. Wnek later admitted he was going sell the pills and that he must have saved the person's phone number incorrectly in his phone, resulting in accidentally contacting the deputy.
Wnek faces felony charges of possession of a schedule II controlled substance with intent to deliver, and unlawful use of a communication device. He was booked into the Marion County Jail, with Judge Jason Duffy setting bond at $15,000.