Pair arrested in Pueblo found with $18,000 in counterfeit bills

Left: Michelle Salazar Right: Martin Chavez

PUEBLO, Colo. (KKTV) - Two people were arrested in Pueblo when police found nearly $18,000 in counterfeit bills.

At about 1 in the morning on Thursday, officers found the counterfeit money in a stolen vehicle and in a hotel room off of Highway 50. The blue Hyundai Sonta had New Mexico license plates and was in the area of the Roadway Inn at 960 W. US Highway 50.

There was a woman behind the wheel of the car who originally lied about her name. She was later identified as 45-year-old Michelle Salazar and she had two failure to appear warrants out of New Mexico. A no-bond warrant for dangerous drugs and a $150 warrant for stolen vehicle charges.

During a search of the stolen vehicle, officers uncovered large amounts of counterfeit cash in various states of manufacturing along with several devices and items used in creating the fake money.

Officers then made contact with a man, 38-year-old Martin Chavez, inside a hotel room where more counterfeit money was found.

Both Salazar and Chavez were arrested and transported to the Pueblo County Detention Center.

Salazar was booked on her warrants and will face additional charges of criminal impersonation, first-degree aggravated motor vehicle theft and forgery/counterfeiting.

Chavez will face charges of tampering with physical evidence.

The bills were in denominations of $20, $50 and $100.