Gold Coast duo charged with counterfeit cash, drugs

QUEENSLAND police have charged a man and a woman with manufacturing and distribution of counterfeit Australian currency.

Fake $50 notes have been circulating in the Tweed and the Gold Coast since earlier this year and the NSW police and Queensland police have been investigating to find the manufacturers.

The fake $50 note in the bag is just one of many circulating the Tweed. This one was found at  South Tweed Tavern.
The fake $50 note in the bag is just one of many circulating the Tweed. This one was found at South Tweed Tavern. Emmaa Galliott

Queensland police said following information received from a member of the public, officers executed a search warrant at a Surfers Paradise apartment.

They located items used to allegedly manufacture counterfeit currency and chemicals used in the production of amphetamines.

A stash of fake notes were seized and a 27-year-old Surfers Paradise man was charged with possession of counterfeit currency, making counterfeit money or counterfeit securities, possession of drug utensils, and possession of precursor chemicals.

A Broadbeach Waters woman, 19, was charged with five counts of uttering counterfeit currency.

The pair is expected to appear in the Southport Magistrates Court today.

Detectives from the South Eastern Region's Major and Organised Crime Squad are continuing with their investigations but want to remind business owners and small retail outlets to be vigilant for counterfeit notes and to be wary of large notes being used to purchase low value items.

Earlier this month Tweed-Byron crime coordinator Stuart Crawford warned the public and business owners to be constantly checking the $50 notes they received.

If you simply scrunch the note and it remains scrunched, it is likely to be a fake.

Police are urging anyone with information concerning the manufacturing and distribution of these notes to contact Crime Stoppers anonymously via 1800 333 000 or crimestoppers.com.au 24hrs a day.



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