A Florence man was arrested late Friday night after he tried to arrange a drug deal with his previous probation officer and then completed the sale to a Florence Police officer.

The suspect was apparently scrolling through his cellphone directory trying to sell some marijuana he had when one of the people he called agreed to the purchase, Maj. Carlos Raines, Florence Police Department, said.

The buyer, who was also the suspect’s former parole officer, set up the buy for a shopping center parking lot and then contacted Florence Police, who completed the transaction.

Raines said the department seized half a pound of marijuana with a street value of $1,200.

Cedrick Barnes, 27, 958 Fore Road, is charged with one count each of possession of a controlled substance and possession of cocaine, according to the Florence County Sheriff’s Office bookings Web site.

He is free on bond.

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