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Who Wants to Party With Tina? Craigslist Ad for Crystal Meth Gets Seller Busted

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Your old television, a couch, or some concert tickets are smart things to put up ads for on Craigslist. Crystal meth, not so much, even when you disguise your product using its ladylike nickname. Two SoCal men were busted recently "on suspicion of dealing large amounts of crystal methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia," reports Temecula Patch.

The pair were targeted by a sheriff's detective who was skimming the Craigslist classifieds with an eye for shady dealings. He found an ad from a guy who said he "was looking for a female to party with 'Tina.'" Tina, for those not in the know, is a street name for meth.

The detective struck up a correspondence with the advertiser, who turned out to be 33-year-old Brian Leach. They arranged for a meeting so Leach could sell his "really good Tina." Authorities intervened at the meeting, and found Leach to be in possession of meth, and a pipe in his car, which led to his arrest.

A search of Leach's cellphone revealed text messages arranging for the sale of large quantities of meth, and a contact named "Joe," who was, as you might imagine, hanging out at the Del Taco in his Black Escalade with "the stuff."

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Joe turned out to be 26-year-old Jose Reyes Gomez, who also found himself arrested.