Couple accused of making counterfeit bills in Elizabeth City

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Elizabeth City, NC – A couple is facing charges after police say they were making counterfeit money in Elizabeth City.

Police say they’d received a number of calls about counterfeit money being passed in several locations in the area.

They conducted an investigation and searched Terrence and Ronika Tillett’s home on Sanford Drive Friday.

Police say when they entered the home, they found Terrence Tillett, another person and two minors.

Officers say they smelled marijuana inside of the home when they entered.

During their search, they found counterfeit money as well as the equipment that was used to make it. They also discovered a stolen 9mm Taurus automatic handgun and a small amount of marijuana.

They say the gun was stolen from a home on Mallard Drive back in 2010.

Terrence Tillett has been charged with uttering a forged paper or instrument containing a forged endorsement, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a stolen firearm.

He was released on an $8,000.00 secured bond.

Ronika Tillett was also charged with uttering a forged paper or instrument containing a forged endorsement and possession of a stolen firearm. She was released on a $4,000.00 unsecured bond.

Both were scheduled to make their first court appearance on Monday.

If you believe you were given a counterfeit bill or if you have any other information about this case, please contact the Elizabeth City Police Department at (252)335-5555.

6 comments

  • SONOT READY

    DANG ECPD… YALL CAN GET A CALL ON COUNTERFEIT MONEY BEING PASSED YALL ACT ON THAT REAL FAST LIKE BUT WHEN YOU GET A CALL FROM A DRUG INFORMANT THAT A PERSON IS “MISSING OR IN HARMS WAY” YOU HAVE NO SENSE OF DIRECTION!!!

  • O rly?

    Article text: “Officers say they smelled marijuana inside of the home when they entered.”

    Meaning: “Officers didn’t have a reason to enter the home, so they made one up and even then are leaving ambiguous whether ‘when they entered’ means when they were in front of the door, after they opened a door that they didn’t have a right to open, or as they were walking into a house that they didn’t have a right to break into or enter.”

    The Fourth Amendment: forcing cops to be creative since 1789 (OK, 1868 for state cops, but whatever).

    [Sorry if a duplicate post -- didn't appear to take the first time.]

    • no not rly

      lol, how can ne1 who knows about barron vs baltimore n y they had 2 have the 14th amdt still 4get the bill of rights didnt pass til 1791, ur history is like a swiss cheez lol

      • Ya rly

        OK, point well taken re: my carelessness about dates for drafting vs. ratification of the Bill of Rights, but the bigger question is: How can (or, perhaps, why would) anyone who knows about Barron v. Baltimore and the Fourteenth Amendment type Internet comments like that one?

  • BeaMPea

    I think the marijuana smell was just an added note to top off their entry into the home. I think it’s an assumption to think that the cops were just riding by and thought oh we smell marijuana let’s force entry to investigate. They probably had probable cause and leads on the counterfeiting and, the drugs and weapon were the cream filling inside the Twinkie;0)

    • Even so...

      Even if they had leads and probable cause, wouldn’t they still need a warrant, and if the leads and probable cause were there, wouldn’t they have had little or no trouble getting a judicial officer to issue one? And if they’d gotten a warrant beforehand, wouldn’t they have said so to the press, if only in order to make themselves and their case look better? (They wouldn’t just lie to the press about having been granted a search warrant, because whether a warrant was issued can be verified, at least once an arrest is made and a court case begins. An allegation that the smell of marijuana was present at any given moment is a lot harder to prove false, especially once enough time goes by for the press to get and publish the story.)

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