St. George police arrest 6 after counterfeit money discovered

Posted at 1:03 PM, Dec 20, 2013
and last updated 2013-12-20 15:03:45-05

ST. GEORGE, Utah — St. George police took six people into custody Thursday night after one of them allegedly tried to pass counterfeit money at a truck stop.

An employee of the Pilot Truck Stop contacted dispatchers around 7 p.m. and told them a customer was trying to make a purchase with counterfeit money, police said in a press release.

Police responded to the scene and quickly and made contact with the suspect at the business. Officers learned five other people were traveling with the suspect in two separate vehicles.

According to the press release, officers discovered the other five people were also carrying counterfeit money.

Police obtained a search warrant for the two vehicles and found between 2.5 to 3 pounds of a substance believed to be methamphetamine, a small amount of a substance believed to be marijuana, drug paraphernalia, a stolen handgun and a small amount of prescription medications.

Police arrested the following individuals:

Can Whaley, 42, of Bellflower, California
Coleen Sanford, 27, of Huntington Beach, California
Felicia Montigo, 51, of Bellflower, California
James Hayes, 47, of Westminster, California
Julie Shapero, 34, of Paramount, California
Monty Simpson, 45, of Paramount California

All six were booked into the Washington County Jail on various drug, weapon and counterfeiting charges.

The case is still under investigation and FOX 13 News will bring you more information as it becomes available.