WESTPORT, Conn. – Three New York residents were arrested in Westport on Thursday after they were found in possession of counterfeit $100 bills and crack cocaine, police said.
At about 1:30 p.m., police received a call from an employee at Walgreens, 880 Post Road E., about a man who was trying to pay for merchandise using a seemingly fake $100 bill, according to the police report.
The employee provided a description of the suspect and he was located inside the store by Officer Charles Carr, the police report said. At the same time, officers responding to the store stopped a vehicle believed to be connected to the incident as it was leaving the parking lot, police said. The occupants of the car were also detained, police said.
Inside the car, officers found a large number of counterfeit $100 bills and crack cocaine, police said. During the investigation it was determined that the suspects used the counterfeit bills in Westport and surrounding communities, police said.
The suspects were identified as Melquawn Abernathy, 19, of Westbury; Nya Rampersad, 21, of Hempstead; and Kashawn Hill, 18, also of Hempstead.
Each was charged with 22 counts of first-degree forgery and 22 counts of conspiracy to commit first-degree forgery, felonies. They were also charged with sixth-degree larceny and conspiracy to commit sixth-degree larceny, misdemeanors; possession of a controlled substance; conspiracy to possess a controlled substance; possession of narcotics with intent to sell; and conspiracy to possess narcotics with intent to sell, all felonies.
Each was held on $50,000 bond.
This case was still under investigation Thursday night. The Westport Police Department was working with the U.S. Secret Service to develop information on the extent of the suspects’ criminal activities, police said.
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