Police arrested a Richmond man Monday after they say he sold marijuana to a 16-year-old boy.

Eric Andre Taylor, 27, of Calumet Drive, was arrested when police, investigating a report of a drug deal in progress, found the teen leaving the passenger side of Taylor’s vehicle in the 400 block of Turpin Drive.

“The juvenile attempted to walk away but was ordered back to the vehicle by officers, at which time the juvenile dropped a black bag he was carrying,” said Richmond Police Chief Larry Brock.

Officers retrieved the black bag and found approximately five ounces of marijuana, two clear plastic baggies and a scale.

Police allegedly found a marijuana cigarette and two partially burned marijuana cigarettes after a search of Taylor’s vehicle.

After his arrest, Taylor was found to have in excess of $2,400 on his person, Brock said.

Taylor is charged with trafficking in marijuana, less than eight ounces, which is a Class A misdemeanor. He also was charged with second-degree unlawful transaction with a minor, a Class D felony, and possession of drug paraphernalia, a Class A misdemeanor.  

Taylor also was served with two family court warrants for failure to appear and failure to pay child support.

The 16-year-old was charged for trafficking in marijuana and placed at a facility in Mt. Sterling pending a juvenile court appearance, Brock said.

Taylor is lodged in the Madison County Detention Center in lieu of a $2,500 third party bond.

Counterfeit $10 bill

A representative of Personal Finance Company, 2002 Merchant Drive, told police that a counterfeit $10 bill had been received at the company last Friday.

The client of the company who submitted the bill said that it had been withdrawn from a local bank ATM and she was not aware that it was counterfeit.

The fake bill bore the serial #ID66318957A.

Anyone with information about these crimes is asked to call the Richmond Police Department at 623-1162.

Crystal Wylie can be reached at cwylie@richmondregister.com or 623-1669, ext. 6696.

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