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Women Seeking Illegal Alcohol Text Trooper

BETHEL, Alaska, (UPI) — Two women face possible charges after they accidentally texted a state trooper asking for help buying illegal alcohol in Bethel, Alaska, police said.

Alcohol sales are banned in Bethel without a special permit and no has been issued a permit yet, the Anchorage Daily News reported Wednesday.

Megan Peters, a state police spokeswoman, said off-duty Trooper Mike Ingram began receiving text messages shortly after midnight Wednesday morning seeking to purchase alcohol and he arranged to meet the sender at a location in Bethel, KTUU-TV, Anchorage, reported Thursday.

The trooper was in uniform when he apprehended the 28-year-old sender of the text messages and a 32-year-old woman who allegedly came along to purchase the alcohol. The women face misdemeanor charges for trying to buy alcohol without the proper permit for alcoholic beverages.

The woman’s names were not released by police because the charges are still pending, police said.

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