Hapless Murrieta drug dealer arrested after accidentally calling, then delivering, heroin to cops

Today’s Lighter Side of the News…

That moment when you’re trying to off-load drugs and accidentally call, and then deliver, a heap of heroin to the police


MURRIETA — City of Murrieta police officers were taken by surprise earlier this week after answering a call from an unknown person, only to be offered a deal on drugs so good they couldn’t resist taking the man up on his offer.

After the bizarre incident the caller, apparently a local drug dealer based on his previous drug-related arrests, ended up arrested once again and charged with multiple narcotics-related violations as well as warrants and other charges – totaling three felonies and 12 misdemeanors.


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Jail records indicate Michael Warner, 25, was booked into jail Sept. 11, when most citizens were honoring and remembering those who died in the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Michael Warner, 25, was arrested after accidentally trying to sell heroin to Murrieta police officers. MPD photo

“Is it just me, or are the telemarketers getting more and more aggressive?” a Murrieta PD official later quipped in a tongue-in-cheek write-up of weekly arrests called the “Murrieta Weekly Roundup,” a somewhat new and wildly popular weekly feature shared on social media by MPD.

“Normally we just let it ring, but this one number kept calling us so we decided to see who it was,” wrote the official. “Man, are we glad that we answered that call because offers like that don’t happen all the time.”

According to MPD, while most persistent phone solicitors are “offering a great deal on a timeshare, or a way to pay off our student loans early,” as it turned out, when an officer did answer the call, he was surprised to be talking to a man “offering heroin at a great price.”

“He even wanted to deliver!” MPD later joked.

Not wanting to miss out on a great deal, officers agreed to meet with the man, later identified as Warner, to complete the heroin purchase.

Officers soon got to meet the doofus drug dealer in person when he met with them at Kahoots Feed, on Ivy St. in Murrieta

“Much to Michael’s dismay, we weren’t the person that he thought he was calling,” MPD humorously reported. “Even though he was pretty disappointed to see us, we still gave him a free ride to #thebyrdhouse,” otherwise known as Cois Byrd Detention Center to the uninitiated.

Despite his spectacularly stupid mistake, Warner was released from jail a few days after his arrest after posting $30,000 bail. Already well known to area law enforcement officials with several previous drug-related arrests in Riverside County, Warner is scheduled to be arraigned on his newest charges at Murrieta’s Southwest Justice Center Sept. 21, assuming he isn’t arrested again before that time.


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Trevor Montgomery, 47, recently moved to the Intermountain area of Shasta County from Riverside County and runs Riverside County News Source and Shasta County News Source. Additionally, he writes for several other news organizations; including Riverside County based newspapers, Valley News, The Valley Chronicle, and Anza Valley Outlook; as well as Bonsall/Fallbrook Village News in San Diego County and Mountain Echo in Shasta County.

Trevor spent 10 years in the U.S. Army as an Orthopedic Specialist before joining the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in 1998. He was medically retired after losing his leg, breaking his back, and suffering both spinal cord and brain injuries in an off-duty accident. (Click here to see segment of Discovery Channel documentary of Trevor’s accident.)

During his time with the sheriff’s department, Trevor worked at several different stations; including Robert Presley Detention Center, Southwest Station in Temecula, Hemet/Valle Vista Station, Ben Clark Public Safety Training Center, and Lake Elsinore Station; along with other locations.

Trevor’s assignments included Corrections, Patrol, DUI Enforcement, Boat and Personal Water-Craft based Lake Patrol, Off-Road Vehicle Enforcement, Problem Oriented Policing Team, and Personnel/Background Investigations. He finished his career while working as a Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Investigator and was a court-designated expert in child abuse and child sex-related crimes.

Trevor has been married for more than 28 years and was a foster parent to more than 60 children over 13 years. He is now an adoptive parent and his “fluid family” includes 13 children and 14 – but soon to be 16 – grandchildren.