EUSTIS, Florida—A traffic stop for a missing tag landed a Eustis woman in jail Tuesday night after Eustis Police found 50 counterfeit bills, several smoking devices, printers, laptops and methamphetamine in her car, according to an arrest affidavit.
Kimberley Renee Rappoccio, 40, was pulled over near her home in Eustis around 9: 30 p.m. because the car she was driving did not have a tag. Rappoccio told EPD she had bought the car two months prior and was returning home from trying to sell the car. She was able to provide a title signed by the seller, according to the affidavit.
EPD asked to search the vehicle and called a K9 officer to the scene when Rappoccio said no. K9 Mya performed an open-air sniff of the car and alerted near the passenger side of the vehicle. While searching, police found two smoking devices with residue in a sock in addition to an “abundance of counterfeit currency in denominations of $1, $5, $10, $20 and $100,” the arresting officer stated in the affidavit. Police also found paper used for counterfeiting, three printers, two laptops and a tablet. A black box containing methamphetamine and additional smoking devices were also found.
Rappoccio claimed she did not know what was in the car and the only things she took ownership of were her purse, phone and the tablet. EPD seized the counterfeit money, printers, laptops, tablet and phone for a pending search warrant and notified the Secret Service. The Secret Service asked EPD to record all the serial numbers on the fake bills and keep them apprised of the investigation.
Rappoccio was arrested for possession methamphetamine, possession of counterfeit bills, possession of drug paraphernalia and failure to register a motor vehicle. She was transported to the Lake County Jail, where she was released on $5,500 bond.