FERNLEY, NV - A small narcotics bust in rural Nevada has netted unsuspected results: counterfeit currency.
It all started a month ago. Officers with the Tri-NET Narcotic Task Force started looking into the activities of a pair of Sparks, Nevada residents.
On Friday march 9, Pedro Martinez-Meza and Josue Monrroy were allegedly about to deliver drugs at a Fernley truck stop when authorities swooped in.
After getting a search warrant, officers went through the vehicle and found a "speaker box" with "an electronically operated trap door commonly utilized to conceal controlled substances and currency from law enforcement."
"It had an electrode with a piston operated cylinder that you put electricity to it and it opens. It is hard to get to it without electricity to it, you have to break it open. We call them 'traps'. They can be very complicated," said said Mitch Pier, Sergeant With nevada department of Public Safety/Tri-NET Narcotics Task Force.
Inside, they found, just 80 grams of meth with a street value of $8,000 and $1,075 in cash. Josue Monrroy also had some counterfeit money, "and it was very obvious," Pier said. "That was unexpected."
He said it is becoming more common though, he said with three cases of finding counterfeit money in the past two months.
"It is hard to say why we have been seeing it here and there. I don't know if it is the economy. They say no honor among thieves. They trade fake money for drugs. It seems to be something that is showing up recently."
He said it was less than 100 dollars and Tri-NET has contacted the Secret Service to notify them of the find.