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This Was A Very Wrong Number

Sun., March 16, 1997

Dialing the wrong number landed Archie Tarantino in jail.

Trying to dial a drug dealer’s pager Friday morning, he instead beeped a cop, who took an order for two bags of heroin.

Stamford Officer Colin Norris called state police Officer James McAuliffe, who called Tarantino back.

“He assumed I was the guy he had just paged,” McAuliffe said. “I pretended I was his contact person, that I would meet him with the narcotics.”

Police arrested Tarantino, 35, after allegedly finding a $20 bag of heroin in his van. He was charged with drug possession.

Tarantino admitted he paged someone to purchase heroin, and did not realize he misdialed, police said.


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