Deputies arrested a Florida woman in a Motel 6 on charges of drug possession and counterfeiting the U.S. currency.
Hernando County deputies were investigating a report of someone stealing money and having a firearm at the motel, according to the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) Facebook page.
As part of the investigation, deputies spoke with Chasity Hatch.
Hatch allowed deputies to search her room. She admitted to creating counterfeit money prior to their arrival and told deputies some of the money was under the bed. Deputies found sheets of copied money in “various stages of manufacture,” printers on a neighboring dresser, and several sheets of cotton-fiber paper around the room.
They also found, in plain sight, several glass pipes commonly used to smoke crystal meth and clear baggies frequently used to store it.
Deputies transported Hatch to the HCSO where she was questioned by Economic Crimes detectives.
Hatch admitted in the interview she was using the computers and printers to make fake money and that she’d done it for people in the past. She also confessed to smoking crystal meth in the motel room.
Both admissions allowed deputies to execute a search warrant for Hatch’s room and collect the items. In addition to those items, authorities found numerous gift, credit, and Social Security cards, as well as birth certificates that did not belong to Hatch.
Deputies charged her with possession and forgery of counterfeit bills, instruments to forge bills, and possession of drug paraphernalia.