Crime

Rock Hill police were called about a fake $20 bill; they found more than $2K in heroin

Joshua Devan Hinson
Joshua Devan Hinson

A man was accused of trafficking heroin early Tuesday after he gave a friend a fake $20 bill to pay for gas, according to a Rock Hill police report.

A woman tried to pay for gas with a counterfeit $20 bill at the Circle K gas station on Herlong Ave at 12:10 a.m. Tuesday, according to the police.

Christopher Matuse, 33, who was standing by a blue Ford at the gas pump, told police the woman was still inside the gas station.

The woman and her brother, Joshua Hinson, 26, told police that Matuse had given her the fake bill, the report says.

She told police she was giving Matuse a ride, police said.

Police searched Matuse’s jacket for more counterfeit money, and found a clear plastic bag that contained 15.73 grams of heroin, the report says.

The street value of heroin is about $150 per gram, said York County Multijurisdictional Drug Enforcement Unit Commander Marvin Brown.

That means 15.73 grams of heroin would be worth about $2,360.

Police reported they searched the car and found a small suitcase, which the woman said belonged to Hinson.

Hinson gave police the key to the suitcase, which contained a small metal pipe, five syringes, a knife and a small container with about .05 grams of black tar heroin, the report says.

Matuse was charged with trafficking heroin and Hinson was charged with possession of heroin.

Hannah Smoot: 803-329-4068

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