Hot Springs, AR - A Hot Springs man was arrested on Monday for the manufacture and trafficking of a controlled substance after applying for a loan to renovate his meth lab. Hot Springs Police obtained a probable cause search warrant for the man’s residence after receiving a call from Arvest Bank.
“We were alerted by bank staff that a man was in the bank attempting to apply for a 150K loan to upgrade and make safety improvements to his meth lab,” OFC Omar Cervantes said in a statement.
Arvest officials say they were impressed with the detail involved in the application. “He has a really good business model and the bank stands to make a pretty sizeable return on investment. Legally, yes, we had to notify authorities but before doing so approved the loan.”
The bank says they look forward to working with the man after he sorts out his legal issues and being part of one of Arkansas’ safest, most modern meth labs.
“It'll be on par with what you saw in Breaking Bad.”