State troopers seize $5,400 in counterfeit bills during traffic stop

OSP stopped a vehicle on Interstate 75 in Miami County for following a vehicle too closely, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

During the stop, troopers smelled an odor of marijuana and asked the driver and a passenger, later identified as 39-year-old Lavin Mack, to step out of the vehicle.

Troopers said they found $5,400 in counterfeit bills on Mack while searching him.

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Mack of Clarksville, Tennessee, was transported to Miami County Jail and booked on suspicion of possession of criminal tools and forgery, OSP said.

If convicted, Mack could face up to two years in prison and up to a $5,000 fine, according to OSP.

Mack is no longer in Miami County Jail as of Friday afternoon, according to jail records.

OSP could not comment on whether the driver of the vehicle received a summons or was arrested as well.

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