Counterfeit money bust in Centerville

Apr 27 2011 - 9:34am

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This evidence photo from Centerville police shows the backs of counterfeit $100 bills seized Thursday. A California couple faces charges of possession of a controlled substance and possession of forgery writing, both third-degree felonies, and possession of drug paraphernalia, a class B misdemeanor.
Rudy Luevano
Christina Young Duran
This evidence photo from Centerville police shows the front of counterfeit $100 bills seized Thursday. A California couple faces charges of possession of a controlled substance and possession of forgery writing, both third-degree felonies, and possession of drug paraphernalia, a class B misdemeanor.
This evidence photo from Centerville police shows the backs of counterfeit $100 bills seized Thursday. A California couple faces charges of possession of a controlled substance and possession of forgery writing, both third-degree felonies, and possession of drug paraphernalia, a class B misdemeanor.
Rudy Luevano
Christina Young Duran
This evidence photo from Centerville police shows the front of counterfeit $100 bills seized Thursday. A California couple faces charges of possession of a controlled substance and possession of forgery writing, both third-degree felonies, and possession of drug paraphernalia, a class B misdemeanor.

CENTERVILLE -- A California couple is facing felony charges after police found nine $100 counterfeit bills in their possession Thursday.

Christina Young Duran, 27, and Rudy Luevano, 22, both of Bakersfield, are each charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of forgery writing, both third-degree felonies, and possession of drug paraphernalia, a class B misdemeanor.

They appeared Friday in 2nd District Court and are being held in Davis County Jail on no bail.

A 17-year-old girl reported as a runaway out of California was with the couple and was taken to Farmington Bay Youth Detention Center, said Centerville Police Lt. Paul Child.

Duran and Luevano are wanted out of California on several charges, including felony drug violation and felony forgery.

Centerville police are investigating with the U.S. Secret Service, Cottonwood Heights Police and other agencies. More charges could be filed.

Child said officers were called on Thursday to investigate two people inside a gray Infinity in the parking lot of Target in Centerville.

When police questioned the pair, one admitted to "using weed and that he had just scraped out the bowl of his pipe," Child said.

Police were also contacted by the store's loss prevention staff, who reported that the two inside the car, plus another person -- purportedly the teenager, who was in the store -- were suspected of passing counterfeit money at a Target in Cottonwood Heights.

Child said Centerville officers called Cottonwood Heights police and they were able to identify two of the people as the ones wanted for passing counterfeit money.

Centerville police then searched the car, which was rented out of Las Vegas, and found chemicals and other items used to counterfeit U.S. currency.

Nine $100 bills and a variety of other bills were seized, along with some marijuana, pipes and methamphetamine.

Child said officers also seized a laptop, printers, a TV, a $300 phone, a speaker system and a number of receipts.

"They would buy something using the forged bills, then take it back to get the good money."

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