A Sebastopol man on probation for a felony drug conviction was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of passing counterfeit $100 bills at a Guerneville pharmacy and other local retailers, the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office said.
Shawn Tel Parker, 43, was seen on surveillance video paying for items at Lark Drug Pharmacy in Guerneville on June 26, according to a statement released by the Sheriff’s Office, which also said they had received complaints from other local merchants about being paid with counterfeit bills.
A deputy recognized the man on the video as Parker, who was on probation from a drug possession conviction, sheriff’s officials said. Deputies went to Parker’s home where they discovered what officials described as a “large amount of ammunition.” Parker, however, was not at home and was arrested Wednesday at a gas station on Guerneville Road in Santa Rosa.
Parker had two counterfeit $100 bills and 1.3 grams of methamphetamine and an illegal weighted leather weapon when he was arrested, sheriff’s officials said. He was booked into the Sonoma County Jail on charges of felony probation violation, possession of methamphetamine, burglary, passing and possessing a counterfeit bill and possession of ammunition and an illegal weapon. He was in custody Wednesday night on a no bail hold and is scheduled to appear in court on July 7.