One of four people arrested in connection with the seizure of counterfeit money and weapons Saturday will have to post a $50,000 bond to be released from the adult detention center while the others were released pending further investigation.
Justin Harmon, 18, said he found the money while walking near West 28th Avenue and Hazel Street, Sheriff’s Investigator Kaleisha Wise said in a probable-cause affidavit presented in court Tuesday.
Deputy Prosecutor Maxie Kizer said deputies responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle on Dogwood Forrest Drive and found five people in the vehicle, including Harmon, who allegedly was holding an SKS assault rifle.
Kizer said deputies also found 18 sheets of counterfeit $100 bills, and Harmon allegedly had four cut counterfeit $100 bills in his pocket at the time. Deputies said the counterfeit cash totaled $2,500.
Late Monday night, deputies arrested Shanethia Burnett, 19, who they said is Harmon’s girlfriend, on forgery charges after allegedly finding counterfeit money in her apartment. Burnett is expected to appear in court Wednesday.
The other two adults arrested Saturday — Markevious White, 20, and Desmond Jenkins, 22 — were interviewed Monday night and released pending further invetigation, Major Lafayette Woods Jr. said Tuesday.
“When they were interviewed, it was determined that they didn’t have anything to do with the forgery or the counterfeit bills so they were released on the felony charges but the misdemeanor charges will remain,” Woods said.
Those charges include possession of a controlled substance because deputies reported finding a small amount of suspected marijuana in the vehicle, and weapons charges because deputies said they also found two handguns along with the assault rifle.
A juvenile who was also arrested at the time also will face misdemeanor charges in the case.
Wise said in the probable-cause affidavit that Harmon told deputies he did not have anything to do with making the counterfeit money or cutting it, but allegedly admitted that he had given some of it to another person. He also allegedly took full responsibility for the counterfeit money.
After the court hearing, Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney ruled that prosecutors had probable cause to charge Harmon with first-degree forgery and appointed the Public Defender’s Office to represent him.
Sheriff’s deputies and the United States Secret Service are continuing their investigation into the incident, Woods said.