Counterfeit currency investigation by Hannibal police leads to three arrests

Jeffery W. McBride of Hannibal, Samuel W. McBride of Hull, Ill.; and Ashley D. Crane of Palmyra
Posted: Sep. 6, 2012 7:42 pm Updated: Sep. 20, 2012 8:15 pm

HANNIBAL, Mo. — An investigation by the Hannibal Police Department into counterfeit U.S. currency led to three arrests.

Arrested were Jeffery W. McBride, 24, of Hannibal; Samuel W. McBride, 19, of Hull, Ill.; and Ashley D. Crane, 25, of Palmyra.

Hannibal officers executed a search warrant Wednesday afternoon at a hotel room at Mark Twain Motor Inn, 3603 McMasters Avenue. HPD detectives recovered a significant amount of counterfeit U.S. currency ranging from small denominations up to $100 bills. Computer equipment and supplies commonly used in counterfeiting also were seized.

The McBrides were transported to the Marion County Sheriff's Department. Crane was released from police custody after questioning.

HPD detectives contacted and met with agents from the St. Louis office of the U.S. Secret Service on Thursday because the arrests involved U.S. currency.