‘I had no clue it was meth’: Conway PD chief’s son arrested with drugs, report says

“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.”

That is what the son of Conway’s police chief told Myrtle Beach officers during a weekend arrest, according to a police report. Myrtle Beach officers arrested Benjamin Clayton Long, 25, on Saturday for possession of methamphetamine and possession of cocaine. He is free on a personal recognizance bond.

Chief Dale Long declined to comment on the case.

Officers saw a suspicious vehicle backed into a parking space at Withers Alley and Withers Drive around 2:15 a.m. Saturday, according to a police report.

There were three people inside, including the driver, Benjamin Long, who showed signs of impairment, according to the report. When Long stepped out of the vehicle, a baggie containing a white powder was visible.

There was also a metal tray in the car that had the same white powder, which tested positive for meth, according to the report. Officers also found a third bag inside the vehicle that they say tested positive for cocaine.

Long was the only person arrested, according to the incident report.

During his arrest, Long told police he didn’t know the drugs were meth and he believed it was cocaine, according to the report.

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Alex Lang is the True Crime reporter for The Sun News covering the legal system and how crime impacts local residents. He says letting residents know if they are safe is a vital role of a newspaper. Alex has covered crime in Detroit, Iowa, New York City, West Virginia and now Horry County.