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Wrong number sends Hope woman to jail

By Kevin McKinnon, 12/26/12 10:36 PM

Nancy Maestas

A Hope woman was charged with attempting to purchase methamphetamine after allegedly arranging the deal with a Hempstead County Sheriff’s Department deputy she had texted by mistake.

Nancy Maestas, 55, was arrested Wednesday after she allegedly showed up at an agreed upon location to purchase the drug.

The incident started earlier Wednesday when Investigator Gary Dorman was notified by Sgt. Josh Powell that he’d received a text message on his cell phone he believed was drug related.

The sheriff’s department says the message indicated the person wanted to purchase methamphetamine.

Investigators began a text conversation with the person who allegedly agreed to meet with them to purchase an amount of methamphetamine at an arranged price.

Investigators say they learned the identity of the person sending the text messages before the arranged meeting. They say Maestas was observed driving to the arranged location at the meeting time.

When they approached Maestas’ vehicle and told her who they were, the investigators say she told them she had sent the messages to someone who owed her money intending to accept drugs instead of cash.

Maestas was charged with Attempting to Purchase a Controlled Substance(Methamphetamine) and Resisting Arrest.

Investigators say Maestas could also face charges of Endangering the Welfare of a Minor because a female juvenile was in the passenger seat of the car at the time of her arrest.

Theft charges could also be filed against the woman as some coins found in the car were reported stolen from a relative’s home.

Maestas was awaiting a first court appearance in the Hempstead County Detention Center.

The juvenile was released to a family member.