IL man arrested after mistakenly texting former sheriff about selling drugs

MCCRACKEN COUNTY, KY — A Metropolis, Illinois man was arrested on drug charges after he mistakenly sent drug related text messages to retired McCracken County Sheriff Jon Hayden.

On Saturday, Hayden began receiving text messages from someone who wanted to sell pills. Hayden contacted a drug detective who identified the number as belonging to 37-year-old Jakeob Smejkal of Metropolis.

Jakeob Smejkal

Under direction of detectives, Hayden texted Smejkal back and agreed to meet him in the parking lot of a gas station in Paducah to buy pills.

Two deputies drove to the gas station where they found and stopped Smejkal. Deputies seized 20 doses of Adderall from Smejkal. He admitted he was intended to sell the pills.

Smejkal was charged with trafficking in a controlled substance and taken to the McCracken County Regional Jail.

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