Police and SWAT team members served a search warrant Thursday morning at the home of a 42-year-old woman suspected of making and passing counterfeit checks.
Lincoln Police Officer Katie Flood said the SWAT team was involved because police had information there could be guns at the home of Jerri Carlson, 3018 N. Cotner Blvd. The technical investigations unit and three police dogs also assisted in the operation that started at 7:32 a.m.
Last month, Carlson and her daughter, Jessica Rae Nicole Mullendore, 23, were arrested and jailed on suspicion of theft by deception for allegedly passing bad checks in Lincoln.
Carlson was accused of making the checks, which were written to her and her daughter, on a home computer-printer setup.
On Thursday, authorities seized counterfeit checks on 12 accounts from seven banks, as well as two semiautomatic handguns and drugs — including small amounts of what police believe to be methamphetamine and marijuana, Flood said.
After she got out of jail from her first arrest, police believe Carlson passed counterfeit checks at a grocery store and an electronics store, Flood said. She was arrested and jailed Thursday on suspicion of criminal impersonation and unlawful circulation of a financial transaction device.
On Monday, police arrested a 32-year-old woman suspected of passing 12 counterfeit checks allegedly made by Carlson, Flood said. Joy Elizabeth Guilliatt, 601 S. 18th St., No. B3, was jailed on suspicion of 12 counts of felony forgery.
Three other people who were at Carlson’s home at the time of the search on Thursday also were arrested.
When police found Christopher David Lang, who also lives at that address, in the backyard, they said, a bag with 3.5 grams of suspected meth fell out of his pant leg. Lang, who was convicted of felony possession of a controlled substance in 2007, was jailed Thursday on suspicion of possession of controlled substance and felon in possession of a firearm for the two guns found in the garage.
Police found Bruce Stanley Wooten, 21, 1143 S. 17th St., No. 2, in the garage with suspected meth, a small amount of marijuana and a pipe, Flood said. He was jailed on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia.
Police caught Dennis Lee Helter, 25, 6002 St. Paul Ave., fleeing the house and found two baggies of marijuana and a pipe in his pants pocket, Flood said. He was cited and released on suspicion of marijuana possession, possession of paraphernalia and failure to comply.