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The Daily Ardmoreite
  • Three more arrested in counterfeit scheme

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  • Ardmore police have arrested three more people in connection with the rash of $20 counterfeit bills that have been circulating in Ardmore.
    Sgt. Ryan Hunnicutt, APD public information officer, said information obtained by investigators and narcotics officers Thursday led to the execution of a search warrant at a residence in the 1600 block of Refinery Road.
    Wesley Watkins and Tamara Baker were arrested on pending charges related to the manufacturing and distribution of counterfeit money. Hunnicutt said officers also garnered enough information to arrest Eric Jackson, who was located several hours later.
    All three are booked into the Carter County Detention Center. The trio joined Charles Hamby who was arrested early Thursday morning after he was found in possession of $400 in counterfeit $20 bills. Hamby was charged with one count of possession of forged notes or instruments. He continues to be listed as a CCDC inmate pending the posting of a $15,000 bond.
    Watkins, Baker and Jackson are expected to be charged and make initial appearances in district court today.
    "While several people were involved the investigation was primarily the work Det. Matt Dunn who joined the investigations team earlier this month. Det. Dunn is still trying to locate additional suspects and has information to charge at least two more involved in this crime," Hunnicutt said.
    Hunnicutt said police have received numerous reports over the past month regarding counterfeit money "mostly 20s" passed in the community.
    "This case has been helped tremendously from citizen and business tips and cooperation in identifying suspects," Hunnicutt said. "Det. Dunn continues to urge all local business to continue to look for additional counterfeit bills.
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