updated 2:19 PM UTC, Oct 15, 2020

Counterfeit money found during traffic stop

by Emily Waldrep

On August 16, 2013, Corporal Reynolds of the Tyler County Sheriff's Department was patrolling on County Road 3065 in the Colmesneil area when he observed a Chevrolet driving northbound and crossing the center line and staying in the other lane for several seconds.

When Reynolds stopped the vehicle he identified the driver as Michael Forrest Clamon Jr., age 28.

Reynolds had dealt with Clamon on prior occasions and was familiar with Clamon's normal behavior, but noticed that Clamon was acting very nervous and out of character. After searching the vehicle, Reynolds uncovered drug paraphernalia and discovered that Clamon had no proof of insurance.

Clamon was then arrested for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and No Proof of Liability Insurance.

On further investigation of the vehicle, deputies found a roll of counterfeit money in the cab of the vehicle. Clamon denied knowing the money was in the vehicle, and claimed someone else put the money there.

Later that same day, Woodville Police Officer Borel arrested Chad Nation for trying to use fake money at the Exxon station on Magnolia Street in Woodville.

Clamon and Nation had been rooming together at the Woodville Inn. The two have been reportedly spending a large amount of counterfeit money in the Tyler County region.

"For the next few weeks, be more diligent in checking paper currency," said Chief Deputy Phil Ryan.

The investigation into the counterfeit money is still ongoing with the help of federal agencies.

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