Raleigh police charge three with making bogus gift cards

From staff reportsJuly 15, 2014 

— Police said officers investigating an odor of marijuana found two men and a woman from Georgia with gift cards encoded with stolen information and equipment for making the cards in a motel room early Monday.

Patrol officers were conducting a security check around the Super 8 motel at 2501 S. Saunders St. about 2 a.m. when they thought they smelled marijuana and followed the odor to a room, police spokeswoman Laura Hourigan said.

When the people in the room answered the door, police said, officers said in arrest warrants that they found a laptop computer,a machine used to write information to the magnetic strips on gift cards and credit cards, 17 fraudulently coded cards and cards that were waiting to be processed.

The officers arrested Calvin Jamal Bruce, 25, Wayne Anthony Small, 30, and Aruan Denise Drake, 25.

Bruce told authorities he lives in Stone Mountain, Ga. Drake said she lives in Norcross, Ga., and Smalling gave an address in Duluth, Ga.

Each of the three was charged with financial card forgery, criminal possession of equipment for encoding cards and possession of five or more counterfeit financial items.

Detectives took over the case, and police were looking into how long the three had been in Raleigh and why they were here.

Bruce was being held on $70,000 bail, Smalling on $60,000 and Drake on $25,000, and all were due for court appearances Tuesday.

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