Winona Police made three arrests Wednesday after getting a report from a local bar that two people were using counterfeit money to make purchases.
Deputy Police Chief Tom Williams said officers were called to the Hei N' Low bar about 5:30 p.m. after an employee found two phony twenty dollar bills. They were able to stop a vehicle containing three suspects after it left the establishment.
Cited with possession of counterfeit currency, possession of a controlled substance, obstruction, and lying to police was 29 year old Ricky Terrell Smith of Minnesota City. Cited with possession of counterfeit currency also was 22 year old Amanda Marie Shaw and 27 year old and Misty Peterson, both also of Winona. All three cases are being reviewed by the county attorney's office.
Williams said a search of the vehicle turned up six phony twenty dollar bills, in addition to two bills passed at the bar. Williams said Smith, who was held in custody, told officers he had received the bills as change somewhere and was not aware they were phony. Williams said the search also turned up traces of ccocaine in a plastic bag.
The two women were released from custody. An investigation into whether any of the three also may have used phony bills at the Winona Walmart store last weekend is continuing.