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More than $12,000 of counterfeit money seized in Eureka

EUREKA- Detectives with the Eureka Police Department discovered more than $12,000 in counterfeit money while conducting a probation search. 

Just after 1:45 p.m. on Monday, officers spotted 50-year-old Eureka resident Michael Barrette at a motel on the 1600 block of 4thStreet.  Barrette had outstanding warrants, including one for possession of a controlled substance.  He was arrested on those warrants and for possession of methamphetamine for sale. Detectives with the Problem Oriented Policing Unit searched Barrette’s room, where they found $12,000 in counterfeit $100 bills.  The counterfeit cash will be forwarded to the U.S. Secret Service and the Eureka Police Department will have to prove Barrette had the intent to distribute the currency before additional charges are brought forward.EE We're asking businesses or anyone receiving money to call theAEureka Police Department if they suspect they have counterfeit money.  Ways you can find counterfeits are look at every bill closely, see if there's red and blue fibers in the paper, also a security strip.  Counterfeit pens can be purchased to check every bill.  There's even more equipment out there that will check for the status of a counterfeit,” said Brittany Powell with the EPD.

The EPD can be reached by calling (707) 441-4060.