Text to retired sheriff attempting to sell pills lands IL man in jail

Text to retired sheriff attempting to sell pills lands IL man in jail

MCCRACKEN COUNTY, KY (KFVS) - A text to the wrong number landed one man in jail in McCracken County, Kentucky.

Jakeob M. Smejkal, 37, of Metropolis, Illinois was arrested on a second-degree trafficking charge of a controlled substance, greater than 10 dose units of amphetamine.

Deputies said on June 7 they arrested a Metropolis, Illinois man on drug trafficking charges after he mistakenly sent drug-related text messages to retired McCracken County Sheriff Jon Hayden.

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Recently retired McCracken County Sheriff Hayden began receiving messages from an unknown person wanting to sell pills according to deputies.

Hayden contacted a drug detective who identified the number as belonging to Jakeob Smejkal of Metropolis, Il.

Under the direction of detectives, Hayden, sent the man a message agreeing to meet him on the parking lot of a gas station located on Cairo Road in Paducah to purchase pills.

Deputies Kyle Latta and Tom Starks drove to the gas station where they located and stopped Smejkal on the parking lot of the gas station in a black minivan.

During the course of the investigation, deputies seized 20 doses of Adderall from Smejkal that he admitted he intended to sell.

Smejkal was lodged in the McCracken County Regional Jail.

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