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Police: Man told loan office worker he needed cash 'to purchase meth'

By Ben Hooper
Police: Man told loan office worker he needed cash 'to purchase meth'
Police in Spartanburg, S.C., arrested a man accused of telling a loan office worker he needed cash to buy meth. Photo by Stepan Kapl/Shutterstock.com

SPARTANBURG, S.C., May 27 (UPI) -- A man busted on drug charges in South Carolina allegedly told a loan office worker that he needed some money "to purchase meth."

A report from the Spartanburg Public Safety Department states Grady Carson, 58, attempted to secure a loan against his car Wednesday at a Carolina Title Loans office, which offers "fast cash" loans at interest rates beginning at 94 percent.

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The arrest report said an office clerk told police Carson appeared to be under the influence of narcotics and said he was seeking the loan because he "needed the money to purchase meth."

The clerk faxed a message to her manager, who was in another office, asking for help and the manager summoned police to the store, the report said.

Police arrived and searched Carson, who was found to be in possession of a glass container with an "off white rock-like substance inside."

"Carson stated it was cocaine, but he was not going to smoke it because he did meth."

Carson was booked into the Spartanburg County Jail on a count of first degree possession of meth/crack cocaine less than 1 gram.

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