Cops bust man with pot, fake cash

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Charleston police arrested a man Monday for allegedly dealing drugs and using counterfeit money.

Police officers arrested 24-year-old Clayton Lamar Jefferson and charged him with forgery and possession of marijuana with intent to distribute after they found him in possession of marijuana and $1,100 in fake cash.

According to a police report, an officer observed a car approach the Wilson Street area just before 1 p.m. Monday blaring loud music. The driver, later identified as Jefferson, parked the car in front of 5 Wilson St., which is in a residential area owned by the City of Charleston Housing Authority.

The officer observed someone standing on the porch of a nearby home make a noise toward Jefferson, who then turned down the music, rolled down the window and got out of the car. As the officer approached Jefferson, three males on a nearby porch went inside the home.

The officer told Jefferson that the music was too loud because it was a residential area. According to the police report, Jefferson appeared to be nervous and was fumbling with several items in his hand as he spoke to the officer and apologized for the music.

After asking for his driver's license, the officer noticed a large bulge in Jefferson's front pocket. When a second officer arrived, Jefferson consented to a search of his person and the officers found a wad of cash in his pocket.

According to police, the money felt fake so they called in Secret Service agents to assist in the investigation. The money was found to be counterfeit. Officers confiscated a total of 49 fake $20 bills and 2 $10 bills.

Police also found a .22 cal revolver loaded with live rounds and six clear bags each containing 2 grams of marijuana in the car.

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