A Gastonia teen is in jail after police say he lied about being robbed at gunpoint.
Teddy Trey McSwain, 17, called Gaston County Police and told them he was a victim of a violent robbery, according to Capt. Eric Johnson. During the course of the investigation, though, they determined he had lost the money in a drug deal gone bad, Johnson said.
"It turned out to be an alleged drug deal, just a low-level one," Johnson said. "He just made that story up as far as being robbed. It was to cover for a drug deal that had not gone right."
McSwain later confessed to lying to police, Johnson said. He was charged with misdemeanor making a false report to a police station.
Police searched McSwain's bedroom, where they found a counterfeit $100 bill. The bill was recognized as fake because it had Asian symbols on the back of it. McSwain was charged with possession of counterfeit currency, a felony, for having the fake bill.
Police also discovered a small amount of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, according to arrest warrants.
McSwain was booked Thursday afternoon into Gaston County Jail under $10,000 bond.
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