Five people are in jail this week in connection with the selling and producing of drugs and producing counterfeit money in Denton County, police said.
The Colony police obtained a warrant to search a residence in the 4400 block of Hale Drive last week. The department’s Special Response Team and Criminal Investigations Division discovered five people with illegal drugs and counterfeit money throughout their home, police said.
Lt. Darren Brockway said the narcotics team had been investigating the individuals’ alleged drug activity for more than a year. An investigation into the alleged source of counterfeit money had been under investigation for six weeks, Brockway added. All five lived in the home on Hale Drive, officials said.
Brockway said several grams of methamphetamine and heroin were collected, and he believes the five people were allegedly making and selling the drugs.
“The street value is about $100 per gram right now,” Brockway said.
During the investigation, several straws and syringes possibly used for drugs were discovered, according to police records. Detectives said they did not locate any prescription medication inside the residence that would require the use of syringes.
According to arrest affidavits, the search also yielded altered U.S. currency, chemicals for producing counterfeit currency and a printer used in the production of the fake currency. Investigators said it’s still unknown how much counterfeit money has been produced.
Edward Carew, 43, was charged with forgery of government money or securities and two counts of possession of a controlled substance. Bail was set at $90,000.
Jourdyn Hogan, 27, was arrested on an outstanding warrant and charged with two counts of possession of a controlled substance. Bail was set at $20,000.
Carl Dawson, 51, was charged with two counts of possession of a controlled substance. Bail was set at $50,000.
Damon Sykes, 41, was arrested on three outstanding warrants and also charged with two counts of possession of a controlled substance. Bail was set at $40,000.
Thomas Nolte, 21, was charged with two counts of possession of a controlled substance. Bail was set at $20,000.
Brockway said the crimes possibly crossed over to nearby cities. The names of those cities aren’t being released because of the sensitivity of the investigation.
At least five additional agencies are working with investigators to examine the findings, which may lead to future charges, police said.
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