17 counterfeit bills found on Jonesboro man during stop

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JONESBORO, Ark. – After an officer noticed a man with a warrant through Jonesboro and made contact, he ended up finding 17 fake $100 bills.

At 3:19 a.m. Tuesday morning, August 8, JPD Officer Bryan Davis noticed Leonte Macklin, 27, of Jonesboro, sitting in the passenger seat of a Chrystler Town & Country at the intersection of East Nettleton Avenue and Falls. The officer said the white 2011 van did not have a working license plate light on it as it passed him, so he made contact with it in the parking lot of the apartments at Nettleton and Falls. 

The officer smelled smoked cannabis in the vehicle and questioned both the driver, who’s name NEA Report is redacting, and Macklin. He then performed a search on the vehicle, locating a small amount.

However, when searching Macklin’s wallet, a more serious discovery came about in the form of counterfeit money. The report by Davis said 17 counterfeit $100 bills were found mixed in with real money. It was seized.

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Macklin was arrested to face a charge of felony forgery for the counterfeit money. Both also were charged with misdemeanors for the cannabis.

While the report didn’t specify how accurate the forgeries were, some businesses in Jonesboro like the Family Dollar on Gee Street have had to stop allowing $100’s to be taken. One of the reasons, an employee told NEA Report, was because of how difficult to spot some counterfeits going around town have been.

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