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A North Carolina woman was arrested after she complained to a police officer about a batch of "bad" crack cocaine she bought, authorities said on Monday.

Eloise Reaves, 50, approached a police officer Friday in the parking lot of a convenience store in Putnam County and told him she had been sold poor quality crack and wanted his help getting her money back, police said in a statement.

"She then took the crack from out of her mouth and placed it on the trunk of Deputy Pedrick's patrol car," the police said.

The sheriff's deputy, Jeffery Pedrick, warned Reaves that if the substance tested positive, she would be arrested.

After a test came back positive, Reaves said the crack was a poor mix of wax and cocaine and that the man who sold it to her should give her money back.

She was arrested and booked into the local jail on 1,504 dollars bond, and has since been released.

Police also searched the man Reaves accused of selling her the crack, but found no drugs or money on him, they said.

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AFP 192350 GMT 12 06

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