Police: Thousands in bogus cash discovered in apartment complex

DULUTH -- Police say they uncovered several thousand dollars in counterfeit cash alongside drugs and guns in an apartment near Duluth this week.

A report of an armed robbery led police to the Idlewilde Apartment complex at 1435 Boggs Road about 1 a.m. Monday, where seven Gwinnett residents were arrested and marijuana, guns, stolen property and the bogus money confiscated, police said.

All but one of the accused -- Barry Manigault, 23, of Duluth -- is a teenager.

The others are identified as Lawrenceville residents Erica Fuller and Darren Clark, both 18, Ryan Sims and Rolisha Clark, both 19; Clayre Hardnett, 19, of Snellville and Brittney Carter, 18, of Suwanee.

Police on Thursday asked for the public's help in determining more about the case.

An unidentified caller who refused to meet with police said he'd been robbed of his wallet outside an apartment in the complex. He left the area but provided police with a location and suspect descriptions by phone.

"We don't know why the victim doesn't want to speak with us," Gwinnett police spokesman Cpl. David Schiralli said Thursday.

Responding officers observed suspicious activity inside a nearby apartment and were allowed in by a woman who eventually answered the door, Schiralli said.

Inside, "officers observed a large gathering of people and detected the odor of burning marijuana," he said.

Police secured warrants and found: a rifle, shotgun, stolen handgun and stolen flat-screen television, along with more than four ounces of marijuana and the faux money, Schiralli said.

Seven of 10 people inside were arrested and charged with marijuana possession with the intent to distribute.

Manigault, Hardnett and Darren Clark are also charged with weapons possession, forgery and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Fuller and Rolisha Clark are also charged with forgery.

Police are unsure if the alleged robbery victim lives in the complex or not, Schiralli said. All suspects remain at the Gwinnett County Jail without bond.

Anyone with information that may pertain to the ongoing investigation is urged to call the Gwinnett police robbery unit at 770-513-5300.