2 arrested in Pueblo with $18k worth of counterfeit money

PUEBLO, Colo. - A man and a woman are behind bars after Pueblo police found thousands of dollars worth of counterfeit money in the trunk of the couple's stolen vehicle. 

On November 9, at around 1 a.m., officers spotted a suspicious blue Hyundai Sonata with a New Mexico license plate in the parking lot of the Roadway Inn in Pueblo. 

The officers approached the vehicle and started questing a woman, later identified as 45-year-old Michelle Salazar, who was in the driver's seat. 

After running the vehicle's plates, police discovered that it was stolen out of New Mexico. While searching the vehicle, police found thousands of dollars of counterfeit money in the trunk as well as items used to make counterfeit money. 

Salazar was arrested for criminal impersonation, first-degree aggravated motor vehicle theft, and forgery/counterfeiting. She was also already wanted for two failure to appear warrants: a no bond warrant for dangerous drugs and a $150 warrant for stolen vehicle charges. 

Martin Chavez, 38, was found in a nearby hotel room in possession of additional counterfeit money. Chavez was arrested for tampering with physical evidence. 

The total of counterfeit money seized was $18,000 in denominations of $20, $50, $100. 

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