arrest2 red 300PADUCAH, Ky. (7/9/18) — Talk about a wrong number — a man was charged with drug trafficking after he mistakenly text messaged a retired sheriff.

McCracken County Sheriff Deputies charged a Metropolis man July 7 with second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance/amphetamine – greater than 10 dose units. Police said Jakeob M. Smejkal, 27 of Metropolis, Illinois messaged retired Sheriff Jon Hayden about wanting to sell pills.

Hayden contacted a drug detective that identified the number belonging to Smejkal. Detectives asked Hayden to message Smejkal to meet him in a Cairo Road, Paducah gas station parking lot to purchase pills.

Deputies Kyle Latta and Tom Starks stopped Smejkal driving a black minivan in the parking lot. Deputies seized 20 does of Adderall that he admitted he intended to sell.

Smejkal was lodged in the McCracken County Regional Jail.

Rita Dukes Smith
SurfKY News Director
Region 3 Vice President

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