Mis-text Leads to Drug Dealer Arrest

The Lapel Police Force showed ingenuity in the arrest of a drug dealer who accidentally texted a Lapel Police Officer thinking it was a girlfriend.

Lapel, IN - A wrong number landed David Justin Ball, 23 years of age, from Anderson Indiana in the Madison County Jail early Tuesday morning.  On April 9th at 10:48pm, Lapel Police Officer Ryan Daniels received a text message on his department issued cell phone.  The message was sent to the wrong number.  However, the message asked, “Need any sub?”  Officer Daniels recognized this as being a reference to the prescription medication Suboxone.  Suboxone is a Schedule III Controlled Substance prescribed to persons with a dependence on opiades to help them break their addiction.

Officer Daniels continued the text message conversation with the subject, later identified as David Justin Ball.  Ball thought he was texting with a female friend at the time.  Officer Daniels was able to arrange a meeting at the Lapel Elementary School with Ball to purchase seven films of Suboxone for $120.  The elementary school was chosen simply because it was a location Ball could find in Lapel. 

Officer Daniels then met with Officer Jon Hosier and an officer who would make the buy in plain clothes.  That officer met with Ball in the school parking lot at 1:28 am and made the buy using cash the officers had photocopied and recorded the serial numbers on.  Officers Daniels and Hosier then made a traffic stop on the vehicle still in the parking lot, located the money and took Ball into custody.  Ball was also found to be in possession of twenty one additional Suboxone films which he had a valid prescription for.

Ball was booked into the Madison County Detention Center on the charge of Dealing a Schedule III Controlled Substance, a B Felony.  Ball was not charged with the enhanced version of the statute for dealing within 1,000 feet of a school, a Class A Felony because the officers suggested the school. 


Contact Person:  Captain Michael Barnes

                               Lapel Police Department

                               (765) 534-4600


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