Deputies find counterfeit bills, printer during stop

Two Indianapolis residents were arrested after a traffic stop on Interstate 65 near Columbus after a Bartholomew County sheriff’s deputy found sheets of printed, uncut money and a printer in their vehicle.

The driver, David Young, 35, 509 E. Lincoln St., was arrested on charges of fraud, possession of a legend drug, identity deception, possession of marijuana, false informing and possession of paraphernalia, deputies said.

The passenger, Chastity Martin, 20, 410 E. Raymond St., was arrested on charges of possession of paraphernalia and false informing, deputies said.

Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Deputy Leah Burton was driving southbound on I-65 at about 1:34 a.m. Saturday when she saw Young’s vehicle traveling in front of her. After the vehicle made several abrupt lane changes without signaling, Burton attempted to stop it at the Columbus exit, deputies said. However, the vehicle stopped on the bridge south of the exit.

Story continues below gallery

Burton made contact with Martin, who appeared to be under the influence, deputies said. Martin also had a warrant for her arrest out of Hendricks County, deputies said.

Deputies said Young initially gave them a false name when they spoke to him.

After a Columbus Police Department K-9 was sent to the scene, the dog alerted to the presence of drugs in the vehicle, deputies said.

While searching the vehicle, deputies found sheets of printed, uncut money, a printer and printing ink commonly used to print counterfeit money, deputies said. They also found several checkbooks and cash, deputies said.

When the name on the checkbooks did not match the name of the driver, investigators determined that Young had given Burton a false name.

Young is being held in the Bartholomew County Jail without bond, jail officials said.

Martin is also being held in jail in lieu of $28,500 bond, jail officials said.

The Columbus Police Department and the Joint Narcotics Enforcement Task Force assisted the sheriff’s department in the investigation. The task force is a combined unit of the sheriff’s department, the Columbus Police Department and the Bartholomew County Prosecutor’s Office.

Author photo
Julie McClure is assistant managing editor of The Republic. She can be reached at jmcclure@therepublic.com or (812) 379-5631.