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Police: Sch'dy man accused of attempting to sell drugs to officer through text message

ROTTERDAM, N.Y. (WRGB) - A bizarre bust, as a mistaken text message to a detective leads to an arrest.

Rotterdam police say Richard Betters of Schenectady offered them oxycodone. CBS6 spoke with the detective who says he got a text message Tuesday night.

While police say it’s an unusual case of mistaken texting, it is a serious crime.

“It was someone who was offering to sell oxycodones to me. He had my number from a previous investigation and so we set up a meet spot,” said Connor Lee of Rotterdam Police.

They decided on the Taco Bell on Altamont Avenue.

“He arrived in the parking lot. He told me that he has the pills and he was taken into custody and he subsequently turned over the pills to me," Lee said.

Police say Betters had 20 oxycodone pills and was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell, a class B felony.

“It's certainly an abused drug here in town . We consider it a gateway to heroin use,” said Lt. Bill Male of Rotterdam police.

Bail is set at $20,000 cash or $40,000 bond.

Betters is scheduled to return to court Thursday night at 5.

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