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28 December, 2020

Counterfeit notes in Cairns

Cairns police are urging business owners to check any $50 notes after counterfeit currency was detected in the region this week.

Police from the region’s Tactical Crime Squad recently uncovered the notes after conducting a routine traffic stop of a car.

On first look the notes appear to be genuine, however on closer inspection they appear worn and bear the same serial numbers.

It is believed the cash could be circulating within the Cairns community and police are encouraging anyone who believes they have counterfeit currency to come forward.

Investigations into the origin of the fake notes are continuing.

UPDATED: 30-12-20

Counterfeit charges, Cairns North:

Officers from the Cairns Tactical Crime Squad intercepted a vehicle in Grove Street, Cairns North at about 3pm on Sunday, December 27, for a routine traffic stop.

Officers allegedly located 21 counterfeit $50 notes.

At a further search of the woman’s home, officers allegedly located three flick knives, a quantity of methylamphetamine (ice) and drug paraphernalia including digital scales, clip-seal bags, weights, spoons and a purity test kit.

The woman was charged with two counts of possess counterfeit money, one count each of possess dangerous drugs, possess property suspected as stolen, unlawful possession of weapons category M (knives) and possess property suspected of being acquired for the purpose of committing a drug offence.

The 38-year-old Manunda woman is scheduled to appear in the Cairns Magistrates Court on January 14, 2021.

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