Durham pair charged after police find counterfeit bills

Isaiah Tyquan Allen, left, and Thomas Edward Alston (Southern Pines Police Department)
Isaiah Tyquan Allen, left, and Thomas Edward Alston (Southern Pines Police Department)

SOUTHERN PINES, N.C. (WNCN) – Authorities have charged two Durham men after finding marijuana and counterfeit money hidden in a vehicle they were riding in, Southern Pines police said Thursday.

Already looking into reports of counterfeit bills were being tendered in the area, Southern Pines police were alerted Wednesday that an illegitimate $100 bill had been spent at the local Fresh Market, authorities said.

Using information from the ongoing investigation, police decided to pull over a car containing two men as the men left Pinecrest Plaza, which is just across Morganton Road from the Fresh Market.

Officers found counterfeit bills on the suspects when they were detained, and a police dog found marijuana and more fake bills hidden in their vehicle, police said.

Officers later found out that the men had tried to pass a fake $100 bill at the Food Lion in Pinecrest Plaza, but had been foiled by an alert cashier, police said.

Isaiah Tyquan Allen, 21, is charged with two counts of felony conspiracy, two counts of conspiracy to obtain property by false pretenses, one count of forgery by possession of counterfeit currency and one count of possession of marijuana, police said.

Thomas Edward Alston, 18, is charged with four counts of attempting to obtain property by false pretenses, three counts of conspiracy to obtain property by false pretenses and three counts of forgery by possession of counterfeit currency, police said.

A magistrate ordered both men held on $75,000 secured bonds, and both are expected back in court Oct. 10, according to police.

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