A Hernando County Sheriff's Office undercover operation netted a Webster man and woman Thursday on charges of counterfeiting and drug possession.
Michael Edward Etheridge, 43, faces felony charges of manufacturing and distributing fake U.S. currency. In addition, he and his girlfriend, Felicia Carole Abrams, 25, also face charges of possession of methamphetamine and marijuana, as well as possession of drug paraphernalia.
Authorities said an informant visited Etheridge at his home at 8466 Stone Drive in eastern Hernando County and paid him $400 in valid currency for $1,650 in counterfeit currency. A later search inside the residence yielded another $581 in counterfeit currency, plus a printer, a copy machine, assorted papers and inks, and other items used to make the fake bills.
In addition, authorities also found methamphetamine, marijuana and an assortment of drug paraphernalia in Etheridge and Abrams' possession.
Both were being held Thursday at the Hernando County Jail.