Three people are facing charges after a search warrant executed by the RCMP in North Cowichan discovered counterfeit Canadian money.
Officers also discovered various papers and identification, along with evidence supporting the production of counterfeit money.
The North Cowichan/ Duncan RCMP Street Crime Unit executed the warrant at a property in the 7800 block of Westholme Road last Thursday.
A 33-year-old female and a 42 and 44-year-old male are facing several charges such as uttering counterfeit money, possession of counterfeit money and possession of a controlled substance.
Police obtained the warrant to recover evidence of numerous counterfeit money related offences they say were committed throughout the Cowichan Valley from July 20 to 24.
“The North Cowichan Duncan RCMP recognized the recent surge in counterfeit money complaints and initiated this investigation to locate and arrest those believed to be responsible. The diligence of local businesses in identifying the counterfeit bills was instrumental in identifying the suspects,” said the RCMP in a statement.
The RCMP say such activity in the area is not common, anyone who may have received counterfeit currency is asked to contact police.