They Needed the 411 on 911

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When two men in Pomona, Calif., allegedly tried to page a drug dealer, they added 911 to the message to show they were in a hurry. At least that's what they intended. But they dialed the real 911. Police tracked down the call's location and arrested the suspected buyers.

STEVE INSKEEP, Host:

Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep.

This next story brings to mind the cartoon where Homer Simpson grabs the phone and says, Operator, give me the number for 911. Two men in Pomona, California allegedly wanted drugs. They tried to page their dealer. To show they were in a rush, they added 911 to the message. At least that's what they intended. But they accidentally dialed the real 911. Police tracked down the call's location and eventually arrested the would-be buyers.

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