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[Original Publish Date: 12/16/19]
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EUSTIS, Florida — A homeless man was charged with possession of fentanyl and possession of counterfeit bills after attempting to pass a fake $100 bill at a local gas station.
Just before midnight Sunday, Eustis Police responded to 7-Eleven, 2002 North State Road 19, Eustis in reference to a man with a black eye, later identified at Mitchell Morgan Werst, trying to pass a counterfeit bill, according to an arrest affidavit
Werst was gone when EPD arrived, but was quickly found at Burger King, just a block away. Once police identified Werst they found he had a warrant from Marion County and placed him into handcuffs. Upon searching Werst, he was found with 30 counterfeit $100 bills, 19 of the bills with the same serial number and 11 bills with the same serial number, but different from the other 19. He was also found with several loose pieces of jewelry, an unknown liquid and an unknown substance in a baggie.
Werst told police he took the counterfeit bills from the home of a person who recently died from a drug overdose and admitted he knew the bills were fakes. The jewelry was stolen from various friends’ houses or found, he said.
Werst was charged with possession of the counterfeit bills and possession of fentanyl. Charges are pending on the unknown substances. Werst is being held at the Lake County Jail on $4,000 bond.
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