Troup County Sheriff’s Deputies have arrested a criminal trio accused of transporting more than $50,000 worth of fraudulent money orders.
On Tuesday, Drug Agents with the Troup County Sheriff’s Office became involved with a traffic stop on Interstate 85 after deputies pulled over a vehicle and observed evidence of suspected marijuana.
Narcotic Investigators began investigating the incident and made contact with three occupants within the vehicle, who were ultimately found to be in possession of a small amount of marijuana.
Due to the drug evidence, Narcotics Investigators searched the vehicle and found a large amount of partially filled out Western Union money orders, which were hidden underneath a spare tire within the trunk of the vehicle. Investigators say the money orders were filled out for various amounts totaling more than $50,000, but they were not written out to anyone.
All of the occupants denied knowledge of the money orders and refused to claim them. Criminal Investigators began looking into the incident and after contacting Western Union, they were able to determine the money orders to be fraudulent.
As a result of the incident, Vaskyeshia Jones, age 27, Reginald Crenshaw, age 30, and Khashawn Sidberry, age 21, were arrested and transported to the Troup County Sheriff’s Office where they were booked into the jail and charged with Second Degree Forgery and Possession of Marijuana – Less than an Ounce.
The driver, Sidberry, was also charged with several additional traffic charges.
Deputies say this incident is still under active investigation and Sheriff’s Investigators are working with other jurisdictions as the case evolves.
Tommy Murphy Staff Writer