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More than $30,000 in counterfeit money found in Perry hotel and stuffed in police car

Quantesha Ann Kirkland
Quantesha Ann Kirkland

Five people have been arrested after the discovery of more than $30,000 in counterfeit currency.

Some of the counterfeit bills were stuffed into the back seat of a police car.

Quantesha Ann Kirkland, 25; Jasmene Zenne Royal, 26; Donye Lavar Washington, 22; Tranorris Lamar Jackson, 25; and Terry James Tolliver, 24, were all charged with forgery, according to a Perry police release.

The arrests followed a traffic stop of Kirkland Thursday for driving without her headlights on.

She was arrested on charges of driving on a suspended license, misdemeanor marijuana possession and failure to use headlights. Royal, a passenger, was also arrested on a misdemeanor marijuana possession charge.

While being taken to jail, Kirkland and Royal stuffed more than a dozen $100 counterfeit bills in the back seat of a patrol car, Perry police Capt. Heath Dykes said in a text.

"They had it on their person and tried to conceal it," Dykes texted.

That led to a search of their hotel room at the Howard Johnson, where about $30,000 in counterfeit currency was found. The arrests of Washington, Jackson and Tolliver followed, the release said.

Washington, Jackson and Tolliver were also charged with misdemeanor marijuana possession.