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ALBANY -- An Albany man was arrested for counterfeiting, possession of marijuana and possible gun charges Monday, said Albany-Dougherty Drug Unit investigator Dan McMullen.

Jerome Montal Johnson, 22, is in Dougherty County Jail, charged with forgery in the second degree, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of a weapon while in the commission of a crime and driving on a suspended license, a jail spokeswoman said.

In Johnson's car, officers found $1,720 in bogus bills sitting in the door pocket, marijuana, a digital scale and a Smith & Wesson .38 Special revolver, McMullen said.

According to Albany Police Department incident reports, counterfeit $20 bills have been turning up frequently during the past month in the city. Also, bogus $50 bills have been passed, the reports stated.

"We acted on a tip from the Secret Service," McMullen said. "We followed (Johnson) to a liquor store. When he saw us, he tried to back out and hit a Secret Service vehicle."

Officers left their cars and took Johnson into custody from his 2001 KIA Optima at about 3:30 p.m. at 301 West Oakridge Drive, McMullen said. No one was injured in the arrest and Johnson did not resist.

Federal charges probably will follow in the case. The initial warrants will come from the drug unit, but the district attorney and federal prosecutors could move the case to federal courts, McMullen added.