Kimberly Culbreth and Tovaris Welborne
LEESBURG -- An early morning traffic stop for an unlit license tag light led to the arrest of a man on charges of marijuana possession and currency forgery, stated a Lee County Sheriff's Office report.
Deputies arrested Tovaris Welborne, 26, (a.k.a. Stephen Jeffrey Shirley), the passenger in the car, for possession of less than an ounce of marijuana and forgery on Friday, said Lee Sheriff's Office Maj. Butch Mathis.
"He has multiple aliases," Mathis said, "and he is wanted in Dougherty, Sumter, Douglas and Clayton counties."
The tan 1998 Mazda 626 driver, Kimberly Nicole Culbreth, 28, was charged with the tag-light violation, driving while her license was suspended and two counts of not having her 2-year-old and 1-month-old boys secured safely in the car, the report added.
The children were turned over to Natasha Brown at Culbreth's request, the report stated. Culbreth was released from jail on a $2,000 bond, Mathis said.
According to the reports, a sheriff's deputy on patrol spotted the Masada traveling on the 1800 block of Philema Road with no tag light and no passenger-side taillight working. The deputy stopped the car and smelled "a strong odor of green marijuana coming from the interior of the vehicle."
The reports continued to state that on a search of the car for marijuana, the deputy did not find any. On a pat-down search of Welborne, the deputy found $915 in cash. Five of the $100 bills had the same serial number, a $50 bill and a $20 bill had smudged ink, and the security threads in the bills read "five."
In the Mazda's trunk, deputies said they found an Epson printer. Billy Joe Powers, Secret Service resident agent in charge, said that $5 bills are often bleached and reprinted as higher denominations in forgery schemes.
On a strip search at the Lee County Jail, deputies found less than an ounce of marijuana on Welborne, the reports added.
Asked about the counterfeit cash, Welborne "advised that he buys the counterfeit bills from a guy in Atlanta," the reports stated. "The guy charges $400 for $1,000 in counterfeit bills."
Holding a $100 bill up to the light is one way to check authenticity, Powers said. The watermark on a $100 will have Benjamin Franklin's picture and match the printed picture, he added.