Three North Pole men were arrested Tuesday after one of them says he accidentally texted an Alaska State Trooper while trying to sell drugs.

Logan Martz, 31, sent a text message to a Fairbanks AST drug investigator offering to sell him heroin. “Martz thought he was contacting someone else,” according to an online dispatch.

Troopers went to Martz’s home and arrested him, charging him with second-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance, AST says. They also found and arrested Nicholas Axhelm, 25, at the scene for an outstanding warrant relating to another drug investigation.

While investigating the first two arrests, Matthew Howell, 29, approached the residence. Howell was found to be violating the conditions of his release in a prior drug and weapons case, and was arrested, according to troopers. Troopers found a small amount of heroin on him and also charged him with fourth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance.

In total, 7.9 grams was found at the residence or on the men, according to AST spokeswoman Megan Peters, worth roughly $4,800. Also found were large appliances reported stolen from another North Pole residence. Those items have been returned, Peters said.

All three men were taken to the Fairbanks Correctional Center and arraigned Wednesday.

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