Accidental text leads to arrest

Police: Woman offers to sell New Whiteland officer methamphetamine

A New Whiteland woman’s accidental text message to a police officer sparked an undercover drug investigation and led to her arrest.

Shelby R. Eicks, 19, 244 Northlane Drive, was arrested on a charge of dealing methamphetamine and dealing a controlled substance.

Last month, Eicks sent what police believe was a text message meant for someone else to a New Whiteland police officer.

The text offered to sell the officer methamphetamine. The police department contacted the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office, which began an undercover drug investigation, according to the report from the sheriff’s office.

Undercover detectives continued texting with Eicks and began to work to set up a drug deal. In the past week, undercover drug detectives met with Eicks twice to buy methamphetamine and prescription pain pills, the report said.

On Sept. 10, an undercover detective met with Eicks at a fast-food restaurant in New Whiteland to buy a half-ounce of methamphetamine for $575. On Thursday, the two met again at a fast-food restaurant in Franklin, where Eicks agreed to sell the undercover detective 17 prescription pain pills for $135.

After that deal, police arrested Eicks, the report said.

She now faces two felony drug counts and up to 30 years in prison.

The prosecutor will decide what, if any, charges to file.

Eicks was taken to the Johnson County jail, where she was held on $36,600 bond.

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Annie Goeller is managing editor of the Daily Journal. She can be reached at or 317-736-2718.