PROVO A man called police last week to report that another man had taken $1,300 from him but failed to deliver the promised merchandise.
Uh, OxyContin ...
... as in the drug that cannot legally be bought and sold without proper medical licensing.
According to an affidavit of probable cause filed in 4th District Court, the man reported to Springville police on March 31 that he had arranged a drug buy at the Springville Wal-Mart two nights earlier, on March 29.
When the man got to the store, the 19-year-old man who was supposedly arranging the deal told the man he would get 27 pills for $1,300.
The deal-maker said he would take the money to the dealer, who was supposedly in the store, and bring the drugs back for the man, getting a $200 cut for himself. The man handed over the cash as promised, and the deal-maker went to get the pills, according to the affidavit.
The man said he saw the deal-maker talking to another man, but then began looking at a DVD case. When the man looked up again, both men were gone, according to the affidavit.
The man went to the deal-maker's home where he saw him in his car. He told police he chased the man by car until he lost him in Provo, according to the affidavit.
Springville Police Lt. Dave Caron said the men's stories about what happened that night keep changing, leaving officers a bit unsure if drugs were actually involved, if there was actually a dealer at the store, or if it was simply a scam to get money.
"As far as we can tell, there were no drugs anywhere," Caron said. "We had enough (information) to know the guy had money and it got stolen."
Springville officers are still investigating the case. Caron said it's possible there might be other arrests but for now there's only one man in custody.
The alleged deal-maker was arrested by police last week Monday and booked into jail for investigation of theft and distribution of schedule II controlled substance.He was being held on $2,500 cash-only bail.
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