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Deputies uncover counterfeit money on overdose call
Collins Cassarah
Cassarah Collins

More arrests are expected after Effingham County Sheriff’s deputies uncovered a cache of counterfeit money Tuesday morning.

Deputies and emergency medical technicians responded to a call of a possible overdose at a home on Caribbean Village Drive around 7:45 a.m. Tuesday. Once there, authorities found a man who had apparently overdosed. A woman at the residence, Cassarah Collins, 19, of Guyton, hampered their efforts to provide treatment, according to reports.

“She was interfering with EMS and became combative with deputies,” Effingham County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Detective David Ehsanipoor.

When asked for identification, she told deputies to go get her wallet. The wallet they retrieved was one that had been reported stolen in December.
Deputies summoned investigators to the house, and a search warrant was obtained. As officers continued to search the home, they found iPods, cameras, a computer and marijuana. Some of the items were believed to be taken from car break-ins in the neighborhood.

Near the end of the search, they also discovered discarded counterfeit U.S. currency. The U.S. Secret Service was called in and is investigating, along with the ECSO.

Collins was arrested and charged with theft by receiving stolen property, possession of marijuana, possession of drug related objects, financial transaction card theft, theft of mislaid property, obstruction of EMS personnel and obstruction of a law enforcement officer.

The male subject was taken to the hospital, where he is recovering.