Graton Casino, where the fraudulent drug deal happened in the parking lot
SANTA ROSA – According to a Community Bulletin issued by the Santa Rosa Area office of the California Highway Patrol (CHP), an attempted drug deal turned up counterfeit $100 bills.
On Tuesday, October 13, at approximately 12 midnight, a CHP unit on patrol on southbound Highway 101 saw a silver Chevrolet SUV facing the wrong way near the Golf Course Drive on-ramp. In contacting the occupants of the vehicle, the officer found that another car had been involved in a collision with the Chevrolet, and then left the scene.
While speaking with the driver, officers detected the strong aroma of marijuana coming from the vehicle. Two bags of marijuana were also in the cargo area in plain view. During the dialogue between officers and the occupants of the Chevy, the other vehicle involved in the collision, a Ford SUV, returned to the scene.
The driver of the Ford told officers that he had just sold approximately 2 pounds of marijuana to the parties in the Chevy, and had been paid with counterfeit $100 bills.
In the ongoing questioning, officers determined that the occupants of the Chevy were contacted by the driver of the Ford in the parking lot of the Graton Casino. A passenger in the Chevy exchanged $4500 in counterfeit currency for the marijuana. Following the transaction, the Ford driver immediately became suspicious of the fake money and attempted to stop the Chevy as it left the casino parking lot.
When the Chevy wouldn’t stop, the Ford driver followed them onto the Golf Course Drive on-ramp and attempted to stop the Chevy by getting in front of it. A minor collision occurred and the Ford driver initially left the scene. The Ford driver returned to the scene in an attempt to get police assistance to get his money or his marijuana back.
Officers also smelled odor coming from the Ford SUV, and a search of the vehicle found additional amounts of marijuana in that vehicle as well.
The driver of the Chevy was identified as Dorrell Bolton. The man buying the pot in Bolton’s vehicle was identified as Jacoby Williams, a 31-year-old resident of Jonesboro, Georgia. He was arrested for possession of marijuana and passing counterfeit currency. Another unidentified man and woman were detained, questioned and released, as was Bolton.
The driver of the Ford was identified as Craig Kirk, a 20-year-old resident of Rohnert Park. Kirk was arrested for possession and sale of marijuana.