JONESVILLE — A Ronda man was charged Sept. 23 with possession of two $100 counterfeit bills and drug paraphernalia.
Jonesville Police Chief Roger Reece said Scotty Lee Gregory, 44, of 1732 Macedonia Church Road, was charged after officers responded to a call about possible drug activity at Lewis Furniture on Arlington Avenue. While officers are trained to look for counterfeit bills, Reece said, “You could tell this was not real currency. This was very, very poor quality counterfeit money.”
Reece said the Secret Service has been notified of the counterfeit money so the serial numbers can be logged into its databases, which is protocol anytime it is found. “They will be following with an investigation,” he said.
Counterfeit money shows up in spurts, the chief said, especially during the holidays. “We had a guy that turned in a bill the other day that turned out to be legitimate, but after so many years, it would not pass a pen mark test.”
Many businesses use the pen mark test to check $100 bills. Reece said merchants sometimes receive a false positive from the pen tests. “Real money’s got a real feel to it,” he said. “If it doesn’t feel right, chances are it’s not … The Secret Service will tell you the same thing.”
The drug paraphernalia was a small cut piece of straw with drug residue on it, Reece said.
Gregory was placed under $2,500 secured bond pending a Sept. 30 trial date in Yadkin County. Capt. Scotty Vestal was the arresting officer.