Hearing slated for counterfeit currency defendant | News

A Cherokee County District Court judge will move forward with a preliminary hearing where a Tahlequah man is accused of driving under the influence, drugs and possession of more than $1,300 in counterfeit bills.

According to police reports, at a checkpoint in 2015, the Tahlequah Police Department, Oklahoma Highway Patrol and the Cherokee Nation Marshal Service arrested Nicholas Ryan Renfro, 25, after observing he had “exaggerated reflexes” and displayed signs of impairment.

He complied with officers’ requests to exit the vehicle but denied being on drugs, however, he allegedly could not successfully perform sobriety tests. Renfro was arrested for driving under the influence and his vehicle was impounded.

Reports stated that during inventory of the vehicle, authorities discovered a backpack in the passenger floorboard that contained several syringes, baggies with a white substance, a tin container with more baggies, a white residue, a spoon, a container with liquid and a roll of counterfeit $20 bills.

Renfro allegedly told officers that the money was play money.

Reports stated that there were 57 counterfeit $20 bills, and all but two of the bills were only copied on one side. Authorities said they discovered 10 more counterfeit $20 bills that were printed on the front and back side of the paper in Renfro’s wallet.

The defendant allegedly told officers a friend had printed the fake bills on a computer, but he would not identify the person.

Counterfeit bills have recently turned up throughout Cherokee County as authorities continue to search for their origin.

Renfro has been accused of possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving under the influence and 67 counts of possessing a forged instrument.

His preliminary hearing is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. on Oct. 4 under Special District Judge Larry Langley.

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