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Counterfeit Bill Leads Police to Methamphetamine Arrest

An investigation into phony $100 bills has led officers to a drug related arrest.

Valerie J Hensler, Brandon R Shea- Courtesy of the Casper Police Dept.

An investigation into phony $100 bills has led officers to a drug related arrest.

According to police affidavit, 26-year-old Valerie Hensler was arrested on Tuesday, June 5th 2017; at a convenience store on North Poplar.

Police say they arrived at the scene just before 10 am, after employees at the store called to report that a woman, later identified as Hensler, had attempted to pay using a counterfeit $100 bill.

Officers made contact with Hensler, who denied knowing that the bill was counterfeit. She claimed that she had just received 2 of the bills, but only had 1 left, which she attempted to use at the store.

During the investigation, police say that Hensler agreed to a search of her vehicle. While searching Hensler’s belongings, police say that they found approximately 5 syringes and at least three jeweler’s baggies containing trace amounts of suspected methamphetamine residue.

Police also made contact with Brandon Shae, identified as Hensler’s boyfriend.

Investigators say that both individuals admitted to using methamphetamine within the past several days. Shae, however, denied ownership of any of the drugs in the vehicle.

An additional $100 bill was found under the car during the investigation. Officers say that Shae admitted to throwing the bill under the car, because it was fake.

Hensler denied knowing that either of the bills were fake.

Valerie J. Hensler was booked into jail on a recommended charge of Possession of a Controlled Substance. Brandon R. Shea was arrested and recommended on charges of interference w/PO, and a Hold for Probation and Parole.

Charges are subject to change. All suspects are presumed innocent unless otherwise proven in court.