Officers raid alleged counterfeiting ring

Multiple suspects arrested in Monday morning sting


KPD officers kicked off the week busting a suspected counterfeiting operation on East South Street.

At least four men and women were in custody and a number of children were being carried off the scene Monday morning while more than a dozen Kilgore Police Department personnel continued their investigation.

The department's Special Tactics And Response (STAR) team helped execute the search warrant on a residence in the 600 block of East South about 7:45 a.m.

“They're suspected of printing counterfeit money,” KPD Det. Trae Portwood confirmed. “We've been investigating it for the last week-and-a-half, two weeks.”

Witnesses described a caravan of KPD vehicles descending on 607 East South St. as a Champion EMS ambulance staged nearby. Ultimately, the medical backup was unnecessary: there was no resistance when the police executed the warrant, Portwood said.

On the scene, two men and two women were in handcuffs as officers searched the house and dug through a car in the driveway. With the investigation ongoing, Portwood could only immediately confirm “multiple suspects” were involved in the alleged counterfeiting, residents and guests at the home.

“There are also multiple children in the house we're trying to release to family members,” he added.

Other charges may be looming as the investigation continues.

“The search is still underway right now,” Portwood said. “I don't know what we're going to find. I know we've found some counterfeit money so far.”

All KPD units had cleared the scene by 10:15 a.m.

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