Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Deputies have arrested a Campti man on traffic and criminal charges in connection with counterfeit money seized during a traffic stop on Sunday according to the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office.
On Sunday February 3 at approximately 2:20pm, Deputies assigned to the NPSO Patrol Division were patrolling on US-71 in Campti when they stopped a 2008 Pontiac G5 for a traffic violation.
Deputies say as they were stopping the vehicle, the violator pulled into a business parking lot exited his vehicle and began to walk towards the front entrance of the business ignoring the deputy’s command to stop.
Deputies then approached the operator of the vehicle identified as 34-year-old Eric Dewayne Phillips and attempted to detain him, however, he began to resist by swinging his arms and pulling away.
After a brief period, deputies were able to take Phillips in custody.
A LSP computer driver’s license check revealed Phillips drivers license was suspended.
During a search of his person incidental to the arrest, deputies discovered a bundle of cash on his person amounting to approximately $2000 dollars.
Deputies then began to closely look at the cash learning it was counterfeit money.
As a result:
Eric D. Phillips, 34, of the 100 block of Carter Street, Campti, La. was transported and booked into the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center charged with Operating a Vehicle with Suspended License, Resisting an Officer with Force and Monetary Instrument Abuse (Counterfeit Money).
Phillips remains in the Natchitoches Detention Center awaiting bond.
The vehicle was towed by a local wrecker service.
The investigation into origin of the counterfeit money is currently continuing by the NPSO High Tech Crime Unit.
Deputy D. Caballero made the arrest assisted by Reserve Deputy P. Niette.
NPSO High Tech Crime Unit Detectives inform the public that in the past several months businesses in Natchitoches Parish have been intercepting different denominations of counterfeit money. If you have any questions on how to identify counterfeit money contact the NPSO High Tech Crime Unit at 357-7830.
If you are caught in possession of counterfeit money you are subject to arrest for Monetary Instrument Abuse.