|Secret Service called in after counterfeit cash found|
|Faith Huffman | News-Telegram News Editor|
Jan. 25, 2005 -- Five Dallas men were being questioned at Hopkins County jail Tuesday morning by Secret Service agents in relation to $2,300 in counterfeit cash found in their possession early Tuesday morning.
State trooper Brian Worley, assisted by Hopkins County Sheriff's Cpl. Todd Evans and Deputy Daniel Winn, also recovered marijuana, crack cocaine, a gun and a bullet proof vest from the car the five were in.
All five face counterfeiting, drug and weapons charges. Some could also face charges for felon in possession of body armor. Two of the men were also noted to have outstanding charges in Dallas.
The arrests and subsequent seizures resulted from a routine traffic stop near the 138 mile marker by Worley just before 1 a.m. Tuesday. The vehicle was stopped for tinted windows and a traffic violation.
As Worley approached the vehicle, he could smell an odor of burnt marijuana in the four-door car. Noting there were several people in the vehicle, Worley asked the driver to step to the back of the automobile while he spoke to him and review his license and vehicle information. While speaking with the man, Worley noted substantial movement inside the vehicle by the remaining occupants, and called for assistance.
Hopkins County Sheriff's Sgt. Todd Evans and deputy Daniel Winn responded as cover units and assisted Worley in removing all the occupants from the vehicle so that a search could be conducted on the car.
All five men were arrested at 1:28 a.m. and taken to the sheriff's office along with their impounded car after officers located several small packets of marijuana located throughout the vehicle, a gun behind the hollowed out compartment where the passenger side air bag should have been, and a bullet proof vest, according to the trooper.
The vehicle was inventoried at the sheriff's office, where a black bundle containing an estimated three to five pounds of marijuana was found in the front bumper. Several grams of crack cocaine were found concealed under the carpet in the car's trunk. A check of the bullet proof vest turned up $2,300 in counterfeit currency, which resulted in the Secret Service being contacted, which is standard in such cases.