GULFPORT POLICE DEPARTMENT
MEDIA NEWS RELEASE
                                                                 
Lt. Robert Vincent
Public Information Officer
727-893-1030

06/11/2007
 
Wrong Number Results in Drug Arrest
 
At 9:30 Sunday evening, Gulfport Police Officer Matt Parks received a strange call at home.  The caller asked for a name Parks did not recognize, but when he told him he had the wrong number, Parks got a very unusual response.  Instead of hanging up, the caller asked the off duty detective if he wanted to buy some drugs.
 
Parks took advantage of the situation, and he made arrangements to meet the dealer in the parking lot of a nearby school to purchase an ounce of marijuana and some crack cocaine.  The dealer said he would be there in ten minutes in a blue Monte Carlo. After the agreement was made, Parks arranged to have on duty patrol officers intercept the dealer, who showed up at the Hamilton Diston School about ten minutes later in a blue Monte Carlo.
 
The dealer, Shaquille McKinney (14 years old), was arrested for possession of 18 grams of marijuana with intent distribute within 1,000 feet of a school.  The driver of the car, Michael Araba (22 years old) was arrested as a principal, as well for driving with a suspended license.
 
Officer Parks’ phone number is unlisted, and there were no similar phone numbers found in the dealer’s cell phone.  It appeared as though McKinney just dialed a random number trying to get new business.  In this case, he certainly did dial the wrong number.