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Attempt to pass counterfeit bills lands heroin user in jail

Jan 7, 2020 | Drug Charges

The clerk manager at a Florida motel alerted local deputies to a man who attempted to pay for his room with counterfeit $100 bills. The employee at the motel located on Pine Forest Road near Interstate 10 said he refused to accept the bills that a man brought into the office and contacted the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office.

When deputies went to the man’s motel room, he confessed to possessing the counterfeit money. The bills had Chinese characters on them and identical serial numbers. As he was placed under arrest, the 33-year-old man warned deputies that he had a needle containing heroin in his pocket. Deputies field tested the substance in the needle and made a preliminary determination that it was heroin.

Authorities set his bond at $12,000 after charging him with possessing drug paraphernalia and a controlled substance as well as passing counterfeit currency. He remains in the Escambia County Jail but has reportedly requested to speak with people from the ECSO Narcotics Unit. He claims to have information about heroin dealers that he wants to share.

The possibility exists that a criminal defendant might gain lenient treatment in exchange for information about other suspects, but the advice of a defense attorney might be appropriate in a situation like that. An attorney might manage discussions with a prosecutor and try to negotiate a plea deal. Under any circumstances, a person might want legal support when involved with the criminal justice system. An attorney might provide clarity about the severity of the charges and the strength of the evidence.


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