Arrest warrant leads BMPD to counterfeit currency, stolen goods

Fred McCormick
Black Mountain News

Black Mountain police closed a pair of investigations and opened others after serving an arrest warrant on Aug. 23. 

Tracy Davis was charged with multiple felonies and misdemeanors after counterfeit currency and stolen merchandise were found in his home while officers were placing him under arrest for possession of methamphetamine. 

Police approached the North Cherokee Avenue residence of Davis late in the evening, according to Black Mountain chief Shawn Freeman, and determined he was in the home. 

Black Mountain police charged Tracy Davis with multiple felonies on Aug. 23 after serving an arrest warrant at his residence.

Davis resisted as police made contact and attempted to place him in custody, Freeman said, and once apprehended officers "found a small amount of marijuana and methamphetamine on him."

"Before he was transported he was given his wallet," Freeman said of Davis. "Officers discovered $1,300 in counterfeit money in it."

A search of the residence turned up another $320 in assorted counterfeit bills as well as property officers believed to be stolen.

"We found some brand new tool boxes and some chainsaws there," Freeman said. "We had copies of reports on file of items recently reported stolen that we had entered into the National Crime Information Center. When we searched the merchandise it flagged as having been stolen out of the North Fork area of Black Mountain."

Black Mountain police closed two larceny cases after recovering the items from the home. 

"As far as the counterfeit case, that investigation is still ongoing," Freeman said. "We're continuing to work on that to see what additional information we can find."

Davis was charged with felony possession of methamphetamine, felony possession of stolen property, felony possession of more than five counterfeit instruments, misdemeanor resisting arrest, two counts of assaulting a government official, two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of more than half an ounce of marijuana. 

"There could be additional charges coming as the investigation into the larcenies and counterfeit money are still taking place," Freeman said. "We're trying to get this stuff back to where it goes."

Reports of counterfeit currency being used in Black Mountain have come into the department in recent weeks, Freeman said, "including use of twenty dollar bills and hundred dollar bills," which were recovered during the search. 

"What we're doing now is seeing if there is any evidence tying (Davis) to passing that currency," Freeman said.