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Police find thousands of dollars in counterfeit cash

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Pueblo Police encountered a stolen vehicle which contained a large amount of counterfeit cash Thursday. Police found the vehicle in the parking lot of the Roadway Inn at 960 W Hwy 50 West. 

Police say, they saw a suspicious blue Hyundai Sonata with a New Mexico license plate. After contacting a woman sitting in the driver's seat, and further investigation, police were able to confirm the car was stolen from New Mexico.

During a search of the stolen car, officers say they uncovered large amounts of counterfeit cash in a number of states. They also found several devices used in creating counterfeit money.

The female driver told police a false name, but was later identified as 45-year old Michelle Salazar. According to the police report, Salazar had two failure to appear warrants out of New Mexico. 

Officers also contacted the man associated with Salazar, who was identified as 38-year old Martin Chavez in a nearby hotel room. Police say they found more counterfeit money in the room.

Salazar was booked on a no bond warrant for Dangerous Drugs and a $150 warrant for stolen vehicles, she will face additional charges of Criminal Impersonation, 1st Degree Aggravated Motor Vehicle Theft and Forgery/Counterfeiting. 

Chavez will face Tempering with Physical Evidence charges.

The counterfeit money totaled nearly $18,000.

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