MOOSE JAW — The Moose Jaw Police Service has arrested a 34-year-old male after a vehicle search resulted in the seizure of counterfeit Canadian and American currency.
On Dec. 6, members of the Criminal Investigation Section (CIS) and community policing division located and arrested the male for active warrants issued by the Regina Police Service for break and enter, along with possession of stolen property.
The police learned the male was on a conditional release from a previous incident. As per his conditions, he is subject to a mandatory search at any time.
During a search of the vehicle, police discovered and seized over $2,000 of counterfeit American and Canadian currency. This included 17 US$100 bills, one US$50 bill, seven US$20 bills, 10 CDN$10 bills and 13 CDN$5 bills.
As a result, the male has been charged with one count of possession of counterfeit money. He has been released with conditions and will make his first court appearance in Moose Jaw Provincial Court on Jan. 24, 2024.
The possession, use, and creation of counterfeit money is illegal in Canada, according to the Criminal Code.
In recent weeks, the MJPS has seen an increase in the use of counterfeit currency at businesses. This Christmas season, the MJPS is urging businesses to check all banknotes diligently.
The Moose Jaw Police Service reminds the public that anyone who discovers that he/she is in possession of counterfeit currency should report it to the Police.
The Bank of Canada website series at www.bankofcanada.ca/banknotes/bank-note-series/ has information on current and previous banknotes and counterfeit prevention.