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Darius Jajuan Torrence

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Donavan Eli Lucien Paquette

Sheriff: Man unknowingly tried to set up drug deal with deputy using Facebook

Posted at 9:23 PM on Sep 4, 2019



Two men face felony drug charges after one of them contacted an off-duty Iredell County Sheriff's Office deputy to arrange a drug deal, Sheriff Darren Campbell said.

On Tuesday, September 3, the deputy received a Facebook message from a man identified as Darius Jajuan Torrence, 27, who claimed he had Subutex for sale, the sheriff said in a news release. The deputy notified ICSO narcotics investigators and then engaged the Harmony man in a social media conversaition.

Torrence said he wanted to sell 50 Subutex for $5 per strip, according to the news release. The deputy, with assistance from narcotics investigators, made arrangements to meet the suspect at the Love's Truck Stop located at 229 Mocksville Highway, Campbell said.

When deputies saw a vehicle matching the description of the vehicle Torrense was traveling in, they stopped the vehicle and met with the driver, Torrence, and a passenger identied as Donavan Eli Lucien Paquette, 23, of Statesville, according to the news release.

After further investigation, deputies determined Torrence never had the Subutex, Campbell said. He admitted that he was going take the person's money, according to the news release. 

Torrence said he was unaware that the person he contacted was a deputy, the sheriff said.

During questioning, Paquette he said he gave Torrence $140 to contribute to buying the Subutex, according to the news release. Paquette said they drove to the Love's Truck Stop to get money so Torrence could have enough money to purchase the Subutex from a pharmacy, the sheriff said.

Torrence and Paquette were transported to Iredell County Detention Center.

Torrence was charged with felony conspiracy to sell and deliver a schedule III controlled substance and attempted obtaining property by false pretense. Magistrate Tutterrow issued a $7,500 bond.

Paquette was charged with felony conspiracy to sell and deliver a schedule III controlled substance. He was given a $6,000 bond by Magistrate P. Tutterrow.

“From our past experiences in narcotics investigations, we have seen people who engage in drug sales -- or alleged drug sales like in this matter -- arrange to meet the unsuspecting drug buyers, only to take their money, and drive away or rob them by force after they have met," Campbell said. "Our deputy thinking and acting fast last night helped possibly save someone from getting robbed."

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