ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. (WAVY) – Two people have been charged after a search warrant uncovered a counterfeiting ring, according to police.
Capt. John Young with the Elizabeth City Police Department said officers have received a much higher volume of calls about counterfeit money being passed throughout the city and surrounding areas. An investigation lead officers to a home in the 1800 block of Sanford Drive and a search warrant was executed Jan. 31.
When they entered the home, officers encountered a strong odor of marijuana throughout the home and two juveniles were found, Young said. Investigators reportedly found an undisclosed amount of counterfeit cash, partially made counterfeit cash, equipment used to make the counterfeit cash, a stolen firearm and a small amount of marijuana.
Terrence Tillet and his wife Ronika Tillet who lived at the home were both arrested as a result of the investigation. Terrence was charged with uttering a forged paper or instrument containing a forged endorsement, two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, possession of less than ½ ounce of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a stolen firearm.
Young said the firearm was stolen from a home on Mallard Drive in 2010.
Ronika was charged with uttering a forged paper or instrument containing a forged endorsement and possession of a stolen firearm.
Young said Terrence was released on an $8,000 secured bond and Ronika was released on a $4,000 unsecured bond.
The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information on the case should call the Elizabeth City Police Department at 252-335-4321 or the Elizabeth City Pasquotank County Crime Line at 252-335-5555.
Police ask anyone who comes across any counterfeit money to report it to local law enforcement. Businesses and patrons are asked to pay close attention to security features on any cash they receive, especially 20s, 50s and 100s.