Police find counterfeit money shop in St. George woman’s garage

ST. GEORGE — A St. George woman was arrested on 12 felony charges Saturday after law enforcement discovered a counterfeit money manufacturing shop of sorts in her garage along with a distributable amount of heroin and methamphetamine.

Officers responded to the 1700 West block of 110 North in St. George on a report of forgery and counterfeiting, according to a probable cause statement filed by the St. George Police Department in support of the arrest. After an initial investigation, a search warrant was drafted and approved to search the residence of 26-year-old Cheryl Ann Herrera.

Cheryl Ann Herrera, of St. George, Utah, booking photo posted Sept. 19, 2015 | Photo courtesy of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, St. George News
Cheryl Ann Herrera, of St. George, Utah, booking photo posted Sept. 19, 2015 | Photo courtesy of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, St. George News

Inside the garage of the residence, officers found numerous pages of counterfeit money printed with at least 10 different serial numbers, the statement said. They also found authentic bills inside a scanner/printer, paper cutting tools and numerous printer papers still in the printer with money printed on them.

“I was able to identify these bills as being counterfeit by noticing there were numerous bills with the same serial numbers,” the arresting officer wrote in the statement.

During the search, officers also located two black boxes.

Inside one of the boxes, the statement said, officers found envelopes containing authentic money, transaction sheets, small balloons, glass pipes with drug residue, foil, baggies and fourteen small balls of black tar-like material that tested positive for heroin.

The second black box contained scales with residue and baggies containing a white crystal-like substance that tested positive for methamphetamine, according to the statement.

Herrera was arrested and booked into the Washington County Purgatory Correctional Facility.

She was charged with two second-degree felonies for drug possession with the intent to distribute, 10 third-degree felonies for forgery and a class B misdemeanor for possession of drug paraphernalia.

Her bail pending trial stands at $71,950, according to booking information.

She is scheduled to make her initial court appearance Monday afternoon.

Persons arrested or charged are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law or as otherwise decided by a trier-of-fact.

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11 Comments

  • fun bag September 21, 2015 at 9:47 pm

    i’m guessing she had either the missionaries or her home teachers over and they were looking for the bathroom but took a wrong turn and found her lil operation

    • Mean Momma September 22, 2015 at 11:06 am

      Huh? That’s a strange assumption. I think you need more sleep or something Fun Bag.

    • ladybugavenger September 22, 2015 at 1:35 pm

      I was wondering who reported it.

  • fun bag September 21, 2015 at 9:48 pm

    oh, and is she legal?

  • SteveSGU September 21, 2015 at 10:35 pm

    This begs the question…

    Can she pay her bail money with freshly printed cash?

  • ScanMeister September 22, 2015 at 4:01 am

    Well wonder if she will make bail? She won’t be able to use her fake money to make bail.

  • Dexter September 22, 2015 at 9:28 am

    We should all be able to print counterfeit money… after all the United States government is doing it…

  • sagemoon September 22, 2015 at 9:41 am

    Dang junkie/tweeker sure is organized!

  • Billy Madison September 22, 2015 at 11:39 am

    Hmmm, what kind of printer was it?

  • knobe September 22, 2015 at 3:49 pm

    Wonder if the bondsmen or attorneys are accepting cash from her . . .

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