Wad of Counterfeit Money, Drugs found inside Fairbanks Woman

image15-12-2015 08.58.52According to court documents presented in the Fourth District Court in Fairbanks, a Fairbanks woman, identified as 31-year-old Chelsea Sperry, was charged with Misconduct Involving a Controlled Substance IV, a Class C Felony on November 28th after her arrest following a complaint by local business, Castle Mega Store, in Fairbanks.

According to the arrest report, at 12:08 am on November 28th, police were called reporting that a customer at the store, later identified as Jeffrey Martin, had attempted to purchase merchandise using a counterfeit $100 bill. The store employee reported that Martin, who was waiting for the arrival of police, handed a “large wad of cash” to a woman with him, who left in a green sedan.

When interviewed a the Castle Mega-store, Martin advised the police that Sperry was his girlfriend and driving his vehicle. Martin consented to a search of his person and he was found to be in possession of a digital scale and several hundred dollars.

Fairbanks police Officer Johnson spotted the vehicle matching the description given by the store clerk leaving the store’s parking lot and subsequently performed a traffic stop on the vehicle on the Old Steese Highway near Safeway Gas. 

A check of Sperry’s license would find that she was driving on a suspended license and was also on conditions of release on a prior case of driving on a suspended license. Sperry was arrested on charges of DWSOL and VCOR.

Officer Johnson transported Sperry to the Fairbanks Correctional Center for booking. During the booking process at the facility, the corrections officer performing the intake procedure, noticed that “the defendant was making furtive movements towards her vagina,” the court documents revealed. Sperry was subsequently put through a body scan, which revealed that she had items secreted inside her genitalia and backside.

Sperry was taken to a room at the facility and the items were removed from her orifices. The Correctional Officer turned over the items, that included “six $100 bills, three $50 bills, seven $20 bills, and a $10 bill” as well as “two baggies of suspected methamphetamine, two baggies of a brown tarry substance, and a baggie of seven blue pills,” to Officer Johnson, according to court documents. Also turned over was a clear plastic baggie containing 40 smaller baggies the same size and type that the heroin and meth were in. 

An inspection of the currency would find that all of the bills hidden in Sperry’s genitalia were counterfeit and were missing normal security features, including watermarks and security threads. The $10 bill secreted in her other orifice was found to be genuine. One of the $100 bills had the same serial number as the bill that Martin passed at the Castle Mega-store.

In court, Sperry was charged with MICS III and IV, Driving with License Suspended, and Violating Conditions of Release. A charge of Forgery I was dismissed by the Prosecutor.

A search of online court records failed to return any legal action against Martin in the case.