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Published March 14, 2012, 06:59 PM

Man arrested after trying to sell cocaine to off-duty deputy

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - An alleged drug dealer picked the wrong man to offer cocaine. Twenty-three year-old Adam Smith of Otsego, Minnesota is in the Cass County jail tonight after he offered to sell cocaine to an off-duty deputy.

By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY

An alleged drug dealer picked the wrong man to offer cocaine. Twenty-three year-old Adam Smith of Otsego, Minnesota is in the Cass County jail tonight after he offered to sell cocaine to an off-duty deputy. Some quick thinking on the part of the deputy and cooperation between the Cass County Sheriff's office and Fargo Police landed Smith behind bars.

Cass County Deputy Eric Swenson never thought his night out with family here from out of town at the Howard Johnson would ever escalate into a drug bust. Deputy Swenson was in plain clothes, off duty when he walked outside and was approached by Adam Smith.

Eric Swenson – Cass County Deputy: “I said, ‘I don't do that, but I know a few people, how much you got and how much do you want to sell it for?’”

Swenson remembers one thing about Smith's appearance.

Eric Swenson: “Right away you could see cocaine on his lip and in his nostrils.”

It was at this point that Deputy Swenson left the Howard Johnson and contacted Fargo Police. That is when the drug bust began to unfold.

Eric Swenson: “Baked something up really fast and it was over in 15 minutes.”

Lt. Joel Vettel – Fargo Police: “Obviously thought Fargo was an easy target to sell narcotics and found it quickly it was not.”

Again, we are reminded local law enforcement, off duty or not, always has this challenge.

Lt. Joel Vettel: “It helps us, as far as law enforcement that criminal element isn't always the smartest element in the world.”

Smith remains in custody tonight in the Cass County Jail.

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