SOUTHINGTON - A drug deal turned into a robbery last week when it was realized that counterfeit money had been involved.
Police on Monday said Raymond Cuevas, 24, of Meriden, pointed a gun at the victim after it was realized that Cuevas had tried using a $20 bill that was counterfeit. The confrontation occurred Thursday in the midst of the complainant selling Cuevas a small amount of marijuana in the Citgo gas station parking lot on Main Street, police said.
After the dispute, Cuevas allegedly took off in a car.
Using the vehicle’s registration information, police found the car and spoke to a woman who was driving it. She said Cuevas had borrowed the car.
Police were able to locate Cuevas, who admitted that he used a counterfeit $20 bill in an attempt to buy marijuana from the complainant. He denied pointing a gun at anyone or owning a firearm.
Police said a gun could not be found.
Cuevas was arrested and held over the weekend on $75,000 bond. He was expected to be arraigned in Bristol Superior Court on Monday on charges of first-degree robbery, second-degree reckless endangerment and second-degree breach of peace.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or firstname.lastname@example.org.