Man accused of issuing false invoices and possessing drugs

Clinton Jerome Burton Jr.

A Zellwood man accused of paying for a meal at Denny’s with counterfeit money had drugs in his pocket when he was arrested at a local motel.

Clinton Jerome Burton Jr., 39, was charged with using counterfeit money, defrauding an innkeeper to obtain food, possession of cocaine, possession of heroin and possession of Alprazolam .

A Leesburg police officer responded to Denny’s, 2480 Citrus Blvd., where an employee reported that a man and woman paid their $25.53 bill using two counterfeit $20 bills and walked away heading south on the US Highway. 441. The employee said the couple may have been at the nearby Sleep Inn motel, according to the police report.

The employee showed the officer the counterfeit notes, which displayed the word “props” below the No. 20 and the word “not” in front of the United States Treasurer’s marking. While at the scene, the officer saw the two suspects exiting the Sleep Inn, and the Denny’s employee confirmed that they were the ones who passed the counterfeit money, according to the report.

Once the couple saw the officer coming towards them, they tried to retreat to their hotel room, but stopped on the officer’s orders. Burton told the officer he and his wife ate at Denny’s and he was the one who paid the bill. He said he was unaware the tickets were counterfeit and had received them while selling his Beats headphones earlier in the day, according to the report.

Burton was taken into custody and searched. Inside his left trouser pocket was an unlabeled orange prescription pill bottle which contained a transparent sachet containing several green rectangular pills with the inscription “S/90/3” on one side, two small sachets bag containing a brown tar like substance, a transparent bag containing a white powdery substance, and a small transparent zippered bag containing a white powdery substance, according to the report.

The officer then found another counterfeit $20 bill with the words “copy money” inside Burton’s trouser pocket. When asked what substances were in the pill bottle, Burton replied that he was a “smoker” and that the pills helped him with his anxiety. Burton’s wife was released and he was taken to Leesburg Police Department for a booking, according to the report.

The substances in Burton’s pocket tested positive for cocaine in heroin, while the pills were identified through an internet search as Alprazolam, a drug prescribed for anxiety, the report said. .

Burton was taken to Lake County Jail, where he is being held on $10,000 bond. He is due in Lake County Court on October 3.

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