An investigation into a woman trying to purchase gasoline with counterfeit money at Ingles in Hull led to the arrest of a Wilkes County woman on numerous drug charges.
Madison County Sheriff’s deputies charged Leah Shavonne Acree, 32, of Washington with possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, possession of three different controlled drugs along with giving a false name and first-degree forgery.
The arrest occurred Sept. 6, when deputies responded to the fake money call and they observed a car with the suspect traveling through the supermarket parking lot off U.S. Highway 29. A deputy shouted at the car to stop, but it increased its speed and went south on Glenn Carrie Road then onto Grady Drive, where it stopped, deputies said.
A man and woman exited the car, and Acree initially identified herself with a false name, officers said.
Acree admitted she paid for merchandise with the fake money, but claimed she sold some tools to a man, who paid her with the counterfeit money, according to the report.
Deputies searched Acree’s purse and recovered cocaine, meth, a pill of Phentermine, six pills of Conazepam and some pills of Dextroamp Amphetamine, according to the report. A vial with an unknown liquid was also found, officers said.
Deputies also reported finding multiple spoons with residue along with a black pipe and 10 fake $20 bills, and seven fake $5 bills.
Acree remained in jail Tuesday with bond set at $53,000.