North Adams man gets probation for selling drugs after text mishap


NORTH ADAMS -- A city man who was busted after he texted the wrong number while trying to sell heroin was sentenced to one year of probation on Tuesday.

Joshua Miller, 35, texted an unsuspecting North Adams woman on April 8 offering her "hard and bags," meaning crack cocaine and heroin, according to police.

When the woman notified authorities of the errant text from an unknown number, North Adams Police Detective Mark Bailey guided her through misleading Miller into thinking she was indeed a customer, according to the police report.

The woman texted Miller that she would buy 10 bags of heroin from him that day. Meanwhile, Bailey traced the phone number to Miller using two confidential informants.

Members of the Berkshire County Drug Task Force and North Adams Police arrested Miller while he was waiting outside the North Adams Family Dollar for his buyer, who never showed up, according to the report.

In addition to heroin and suboxone, police reported finding 30 empty bags used in packaging heroin, a crack pipe, and 10 syringes on Miller.

Miller was sentenced to one year of probation after admitting to sufficient facts and being found guilty of class A drug possession with intent to distribute and class B drug possession. He was fined $90.

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