ROCK HILL — An anonymous tipster led police to a Rock Hill man who they say stashed methamphetamine in a flashlight Monday night, but then claimed that he was set up by a friend who gave him the tool because he planned to go camping, according to authorities.
Officers were sent to the CVS on Cherry Road after an anonymous caller told them there were drugs inside a red Chevrolet, according to a Rock Hill police report. The caller told police the drugs would be found inside a flashlight. Police found the suspect’s car and stopped it on Cherry Road, making contact with the driver, a 49-year-old woman. Officers asked the passenger, Randal Miller, 27, to step out of the car while they searched it.
The driver told police there was nothing illegal in the car, the report states. Police found a black mag-lite flashlight on the passenger’s side floorboard. An officer shook it and heard something sliding on the inside. He twisted off the cap and found a plastic baggie filled with methamphetamine. Miller told police the flashlight belonged to him. He was arrested and charged with possession of methamphetamine. He told police that he was set up. He said he went to a friend’s house on the Catawba Indian Reservation. While there, his friend gave him the flashlight because he planned to go camping.
He told officers he went to the CVS parking lot because he was waiting for a friend from Winthrop University. He maintained that he did not know meth was in the flashlight. Still, police took Miller to jail, where he was also charged with possession of methamphetamine within proximity to a school since he was within a half-mile of Winthrop.