June 24, 2018
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Belfast drug sale busted by trail of text messages

By Abigail Curtis, BDN Staff

BELFAST, Maine — Local police said a trail of text messages recently led them to charge one man with making a false report and one woman with stealing oxycodone.

Police with the Belfast department originally investigated a report that Jessica Kelley, 22, of Frankfort had stolen prescription drugs on Oct. 19 from a 65-year-old man at the local Hannaford.

The man told officers that he and Kelley had arranged a meeting at the grocery store and that she then stole his pills when they met. He said he didn’t know why she wanted to meet him there in the first place, according to a report from the Belfast Police Department.

But after obtaining a search warrant to look through text messages exchanged by the duo, Belfast detectives learned the man, Glenn Reed of Lincolnville, had allegedly arranged to sell Kelley 25 of his oxycodone pills.
But instead of giving him money, she grabbed the pills and left the store, according to the police report.

Kelley was arrested and charged with the felony offense at the end of October after being interviewed by authorities. At the same time, Reed was charged with making a false public report, which is a misdemeanor offense.

Police waited until Wednesday to share information with the public, because it took a while for the phone companies to provide the text message content to police.

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