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SLO police arrest Fresno couple accused of counterfeiting cash

Evidence of drug sales also found

SLO police arrest Fresno couple...

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. - The San Luis Obispo Police Department arrested two people who police say were in possession of supplies used for creating counterfeit currency.

At around 6:00 a.m. on Thursday, a police officer found two people sleeping inside a parked car in the parking lot of Motel 6 at 1433 Calle Joaquin.

The officer made contact with the two people, identified as Michael Crocker, 37, and Melissa Fernandes, 36, both of Fresno.

"Surprising in an area like San Luis Obispo, you hear that going on, of course everything's hiding right," Motel 6 visitor Enrique Curiel said.

Enrique Curiel is in San Luis Obispo on a business trip, staying at the Motel 6 on Calle Joaquin and the 101.

"Well if they learn their lesson maybe they stop, well it'll definitely put a stop to those bills going around.. for now," Curiel said. 

Officers determined that Crocker was on felony probation out of Fresno County. A search was conducted and officers located evidence of methamphetamine and heroin sales.

Officers located evidence of counterfeit currency production including over $2,000 in counterfeit bills and additional unfinished counterfeit bills in various stages of production.

Police also recovered a printer and computer that investigators believe were being used to print the counterfeit bills.

San Luis Obispo Police say there's been a recent spike in fake bills going around town and that this bust could be connected.

"Unfortunately the counterfeit bills are very sophisticated so they are hard to tell," San Luis Obispo Police Lt. Bill Proll said.

Lt. Bill Proll says even the holograms on bills are being faked by scammers these days.

"The US Treasury and the Secret Service website show distinct differences between counterfeit bills and real US currency, the pens that stores use are fairly accurate," Proll said. 

Crocker was booked at San Luis Obispo County jail on complaints of possession of a controlled substance for sales and forgery.

Fernandes was booked at San Luis Obispo County Jail and could faces charges for forgery.

Anyone with information about the crime is asked to call the San Luis Obispo Police Department at (805) 781-7312.


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