PIQUA – Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers filed felony charges against a Tennessee man after a traffic stop in Miami County. During the traffic stop, troopers seized $5,400 worth of counterfeit money.
On January 2, at 10:11 a.m., troopers stopped a 2016 Dodge Charger with Tennessee registration for a following too close violation on Interstate 75. During interaction with the occupants, troopers detected the odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. Troopers also detected the odor of marijuana on the passenger as he exited the vehicle. A search of his person revealed the counterfeit bills.
The passenger, Lavin Mack, 39, of Clarksville, Tenn., was incarcerated in the Miami County Jail and charged with possession of criminal tools and forgery, both fifth-degree felonies.
If convicted, he could face up to two years in prison and up to a $5,000 fine.
A photo of the seized contraband is available for download on the Patrol’s website at www.statepatrol.ohio.gov