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Caroline County Sheriffs make credit card, cigarette smuggling bust

Posted: 12:21 AM, Sep 24, 2015
Updated: 2015-09-24 00:26:42-04
Caroline County Sheriffs make credit card, cigarette smuggling bust

CAROLINE COUNTY, VA -- The Caroline County Sheriff's Office said a two New York residents were pulled over Monday, September 21, after trying to use a forged credit card.

During their investigation the sheriff’s office said they found 151 cartons of cigarettes, 154 credit cards, a laptop, a credit card scanner, several cell phones and $1900 in cash.

Caroline County Cigs

The Caroline County Sheriff’s office received a call from a business in the Carmel Church area of Ruther Glen, reporting that a customer in the store was attempting to use a forged credit card to purchase merchandise.

A Caroline County deputy responded to the call and the two suspects were captured after a chase.

The driver 30-year-old Rashida Jones and passenger 30-year-old Georgie Ortiz were charged with numerous counts of credit card forgery, possessing a credit card forging device, use of a credit card scanning device, and possessing tobacco with intent to distribute.

Caroline County Sheriff Tony Lippa said cigarette smuggling along the I-95 corridor is a major problem.