Police: Man calls wrong number, sets up drug deal with state trooper

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Leroy Da'Von Gabriel

INDIANAPOLIS (Sept. 24, 2014) – Oops, wrong number.

That’s what an Indianapolis man must’ve thought while Indiana state troopers searched his car for drugs after they say he set up a deal using the wrong phone number.

Earlier this month, off-duty Trooper Daniel Criswell got a phone call from an unfamiliar number. The caller asked, “You looking?” and then wondered if Criswell wanted any “boy,” a slang term for heroin.

Criswell realized what was going on and told the caller, “Always.” The caller then asked if he wanted “2 g’s” (or 2 grams).

Criswell set up a deal with the man and told him to meet him on the west side of Indianapolis. The caller made contact around 10:30 p.m. and said he’d parked his car at a gas station. Using the man’s description of the vehicle, Criswell and another trooper approached in full uniform.

Police said the man put something in the middle console while the troopers drew closer. A K-9 officer indicated the presence of drugs, and the troopers found a bag of narcotics.

The driver, later identified as Leroy Da’Von Gabriel, 19, was arrested on multiple charges, including dealing cocaine or a narcotic drug and possession of cocaine or a narcotic drug. He was taken to the Hendricks County Jail.