Three Arrested in Fayetteville for Counterfeit Money Investigation

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KNWA) - Three people were arrested November 6 on charges of forgery, the criminal possession of a forgery device and the possession of meth with intent to deliver, according to the Fayetteville Police Department. 

Officers performing surveillance on a recent suspect in a separate forgery investigation witnessed the suspect enter an apartment with another individual, carrying a large white trash bag and a green ammunition box. 

Upon leaving the apartment, officers performed a traffic stop on the vehicle the suspects were driving, and found two printers inside, according to the Fayetteville Police Department. Information from the other forgery investigation showed one of the printers was of the same brand identified as being used to print counterfeit currency in the previous case, according to police. 

Police questioned the suspect from the other investigation, Garrett Nichols, about his role in the present case.  

Police say Nichols admitted to using the printers to counterfeit cash, and said he intended to use the money to assist in paying bond for a previously arrested accomplice. He also said he had used counterfeit money to buy pills as well as fast food, according to police. 

After searching the trash bag that officers witnessed Nichols transport into the apartment, they located sheets of copy paper with images of $5, $10, $20 and $100 bills, as well as ink cartridges, cleaner-degreaser, scissors and other items typically associated with the counterfeiting of money, according to police.

Officials say Nichols also consented to a search of the locked ammunition container, which police said contained 115 grams of a crystalline substance, MSM, which is typically used as a cutting agent for methamphetamine.  Officers also said they found approximately 0.8 grams of another substance, which was methamphetamine.  Nichols told police he had been selling the MSM as meth, charging $150 to $175 for an eight of an ounce. 

The evidence obtained in the case amounted to a large quantity of counterfeit currency on printer paper, two printers, ink cartridges, a large quantity of cleaning products and the methamphetamine as well the cutting agent. In addition, officers found a scale, spoons, syringes and other drug paraphernalia, according to the Fayetteville Police. 

April Stults and Mary King were also arrested in the investigation, police said.  

Stults was arrested in a previous forgery investigation, which tipped police off to the present investigation. Her apartment was being used to print the counterfeit bills, according to the Fayetteville police. 

Nichols is being held at the Washington County Detention Center on a $7,500 bond, according to a detention intake report.   


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