Man tries to buy smokes with counterfeit $100 bill

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30-year-old Kelvin Durham was charged with forgery and possession of a controlled substance with intent after a complaint from a Shell employee when he was trying to make a purchase with counterfeit money.

On September 4th, Altamash Qaisar, an employee of the Shell station located at 217 East McLemore Avenue, reported an individual who was trying to purchase items with counterfeit money to the Memphis Police Department. Officers Jones and Hightower responded to the Shell station where Kelvin Durham was trying to purchase three packs of Newport cigarettes, a beer, and various snacks totaling $30.86 with a counterfeit $100 bill.

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The officers detained and performed a search of Durham’s person which resulted in a plastic baggie containing two white rocks substances consistent with crack cocaine in Durham’s wallet. They also found a white powdery substance consistent with cocaine folded in a $1 bill. Officer Hightower tested and tagged 1 gram of crack cocaine and 0.2 grams of cocaine.

Kelvin Durham was arrested and charged with forgery, and two counts of possession of a controlled substance. He was later released on his own recognizance.

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