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ACSO arrests two in connection with counterfeit operation

ANDERSON CO., July 31, 2014— On July 30, at approximately 3:15 p.m., Anderson County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Brian Chason and Sgt. Lee Duren were following up on information about the possible location of a wanted fugitive, Millage Hawthorne, when they observed known associates of Mr. Hawthorne entering room 211 at the TexAnn Motel. Sgt. Chason and Duren requested a marked unit come to their location and Sgt. Bobby Bishop and Deputy Emily Parker arrived a short time later.

Deputies knocked on the door of room 211 to check if Mr. Hawthorne was there. Frank Matthew Countyman, age 46, answered the door, and deputies asked for and obtained consent to enter the room and check for Mr. Hawthorne. Upon entering the room, they observed Ashley Nicole Butler, age 29, sitting on the bed.

As deputies checked the room, they saw computer equipment and two printers. Deputies also saw a razor blade next to the printer and small cut pieces of paper with images and markings of US Currency on them. Additionally, in sight-view in the bathroom was a small trash can with pieces of paper with images and markings of US Currency on them. At that time, deputies secured both Frank Countyman and Ashley Butler for suspected Forgery of a Financial Instrument.

During the investigation for suspected Forgery, deputies questioned Ashley Butler and obtained verbal consent to check her purse and clothes bag.

While checking the clothes bag, deputies found a syringe with a purplish colored liquid in it that field tested positive for methamphetamine.

Deputies then secured the suspects and the room, and a search warrant was obtained for room 211. The warrant was signed by Judge Doran. Deputies executed the search warrant at approximately 4:55 p.m. Deputies located a computer, two printers, assorted counterfeit money, paperwork with counterfeit money partially printed, and white washed one dollar bills being prepped for countfeiting.

Both Subject were taken into custody and transported to the Anderson County Jail without incident.

Frank Countyman was charged with Forgery Government Instrument/Money/Security, a 3rd degree Felony, and is being held on $20,000 bond.

Crime Suspect - Frank Matthew Countryman

Ashley Butler was charged with Forgery Government Instrument/Money/Security, a 3rd degree Felony, and is being held on $20,000 bond, and Possession of a Control Substance, Penalty Group 1, greater than 1 gram/less than 4 grams, a 3rd degree Felony, and is being held on $20,000 bond.

Crime Suspect - Ashley Nicole Butler

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