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Date and Time of Release: 12 July 2011

Date and Time of Incident: 11 July 2011, at approx. 2:55 am

Subject: Counterfeit Money Arrest

11 July 2011, at approx. 2:55 am, an Officer from the Sonora Police Department stopped a vehicle on S. Washington Street for expired registration and for having a brake light out.

The Officer contacted the driver, who was identified as Yesenia Bonilla, 35 of Stockton and Bonilla’s passenger, who was identified as Robert Sanchez, 36 of Stockton. Both Bonilla and Sanchez’s driver’s licenses were suspended.

During an inventory search of their vehicle; methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia, and 17 one hundred dollar bills were located. Upon examining the hundred dollar bills closely, it was determined they were acid washed five dollar bills with hundred dollar bills printed over the five dollar bill. The security five dollar band and Lincoln watermarks were still visible if examined closely, and most of the bills had the same serial number.

Bonilla and Sanchez had no other cash in their possession, nor did they have any credit cards, ATM cards or any other instruments to make payments. They were both taken into custody without incident and were transported to the Tuolumne County Jail and booked for;

Felony possession of a controlled substance
Felony possession of counterfeit money
Felony conspiracy
Misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia