An undercover drug buy evolved into a situation involving funny money received in a Florida drug deal.
Thomas County/Thomasville Narcotics/Vice Division agents learned someone named “Josh” would deliver crack cocaine to the Springhill Road/Metcalfe-Beachton Road area. Thomas County Sheriff’s Office deputies and narcotics agents set up surveillance.
We had one agent out in the woods where he could see the intersection and near some trash receptacles,” said Kevin Lee, narcotics/vice commander.
Agents had been told the suspect, Joshua Drayton, would be driving an older-model white Ford Escort. Soon, a white Ford Escort arrived, and the driver sold undercover personnel about $200 worth of crack cocaine.
The vehicle left, traveling south on Springhill and was stopped by officers.
Drayton was arrested, and more crack cocaine was found in the Escort, along with counterfeit money.
Lee said $160 in fake 20s was found in the car.
The suspect told officers he received the bills from a Tallahassee, Fla., drug dealer. Drayton told agents he received $300 in the drug deal and spent $140 of the funny money.
Drayton, of Tallahasseee, previously of Metcalfe, is charged with cocaine possession with intent to distribute, sale of cocaine and fourth-degree forgery in connection with the counterfeit money.
Lee said it is a common practice for drug deals that go down at night to involve counterfeit bills.
“In low-light conditions, they see the money and think it’s real,” the commander explained.
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