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'I had no clue it was meth': Son of South Carolina police chief arrested on drug charges
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'I had no clue it was meth': Son of South Carolina police chief arrested on drug charges

‘I Had No Clue It Was Meth’: Son Of Police Chief Arrested on Drug Charges

'I had no clue it was meth': Son of South Carolina police chief arrested on drug charges

The son of a South Carolina police chief, accused of drug possession, told police he "had no clue it was meth," according to a police report.

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Benjamin Clayton Long, 25, was arrested Saturday in Myrtle Beach on charges of possessing methamphetamines and cocaine, the Myrtle Beach Sun News reported. Long's father, Dale Long, is the police chief in the nearby city of Conway, the newspaper reported.

According to an arrest report, Benjamin Long was surprised he had been in possession of meth, the Sun News reported.

“I had no clue that was meth. I thought it was coke. I will admit to that, but I am not going to admit to meth,” the younger Long said, according to the police report.

He is free on a personal recognizance bond, the Sun News reported.

Chief Dale Long declined to comment on the case, the newspaper reported.

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