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Text messages lead to drug arrest

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An Austin woman was arrested after trying to sell meth to a police officer in Brazos County. Her text conversation with the officer led to three felony charges.

Bryan PD says on Monday they got a call that an unknown person was sending text messages in an attempt to make a deal. The officers decided to reply to the text to see if the woman behind the message would meet. An arrest was made within hours.

Jana Closs, 43, had no idea she was texting a police officer.

He sent a message saying "hey it's jason got a new number." "you got any?" Her response "Jason who???" "Crocke?" Then she goes on to ask "how much you need."

Closs was coming up from Austin to make the deal, something Bryan police officers say is not uncommon.

"We frequently because Bryan is like in the center of Dallas, Houston and Austin and we do get drugs that do come through from those areas," a Bryan PD officer said.

Rollingwood police say Closs' arrest is not surprising--calling it a symbol of a growing trend in Central Texas. Officers are even going undercover to catch thieves unloading stolen property being sold on Craigslist, Facebook or eBay.

"Sometimes we find it online if we're specifically targeting a piece of property or people tell us. People do look and they do find...we've had incidents where people find their stuff online," Rollingwood Police Officer Dan Arispe said.

In Closs' case, officers say they could tell she had meth and was trying to sell it. She texts "meet us at Fast Start and u can follow us to our spot..." Officers ask "you don't have it with you?" The texting continued until they met her then arrested her at the gas station.

This is a situation Bryan PD says they take very seriously.

"They follow from the small time dealers and try to traffic up to the bigger dealers and you know, a lot of their merchandise does come from like Houston area or Austin area."

When officers met up with Closs, she was found carrying nearly 16 grams of meth, 63 pills of tramadol, which is a pain killer and 1 gram of Xanax.

Closs remains behind bars at the Brazos County Jail. She faces three felony drug charges. The street dollar amount for everything police say was in her possession is around $2,300.

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