3 arrested for cocaine after use of counterfeit cash

PRINCE FREDERICK, Md. (WUSA9) -- Three people were arrested on drug charges in Charles County, Md. after one of them attempted to use alleged counterfeit money at a grocery store.

Freddie Odeil Commodore, 49 of Port Republic, Varonica Gray, 51 of Owings, and Daniel Corie Jones, 32 of Prince Frederick, were each charged with possession of cocaine, possession of cocaine in sufficient quantity to indicate an intent to distribute, and possession with intent to use drug paraphernalia; a digital scale, according to police. Commodore was also charged with theft less than $100.

Police say they were initially called to the Prince Frederick Giant on March 18 at 5 p.m. for the report of a man attempting to use counterfeit money. The man had left the store, gotten into a vehicle and left the scene, police say. An officer observed the vehicle leaving a nearby McDonald's and conducted a stop.

The officer made contact with the driver, identified as Commodore, and asked what happened at the Giant store. Commodore told police the store clerk told him the money he handed her was fake and he advised her it was not, before getting frustrated and leaving the store, police say.

Two passengers in the vehicle, Gray and Jones, were causing a disturbance during the traffic stop and refused to follow police orders, according to police. All three were found to be in possession of suspected drugs and were arrested.

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