Traffic stop leads to counterfeit scheme
Oct 10, 2013 / 2:46 pm
A routine traffic stop turned into something much larger on Tuesday night when it crossed paths with an ongoing counterfeiting investigation.
The whole scene culminated in the execution of a search warrant at a well known Kelowna home and the arrest of two people in their mid-20’s.
RCMP officer’s initially received a report of a suspicious vehicle in the back alley between Smithson Drive and the 1700 block of High Road. They found a silver Ford sedan with truck plates, and two people inside.
Police determined the vehicle was uninsured and issued a ticket. They also noticed the female passenger holding American currency, which officer’s believed was counterfeit. A further search revealed several American bills in $20 and $50 denominations, many with the same serial number and small quantities of crack cocaine and crystal meth.
A search warrant was issued for a home in the 1800-block of High Road and items associated with the production of counterfeit currency were seized in the search.
Lindsay Purdy, 26, has been charged with Making Counterfeit Money, Possession of Counterfeit Money and Uttering Counterfeit Money. Jesse Mcdonald, 27, has also been charged with Uttering Counterfeit Money.
Further charges could be laid pending continued consultation with the Crown.
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