Utah Woman Busted, Drugs and Counterfeit Money Found in Home
It sounds like something straight out of a movie: it’s a an average Friday afternoon, you’re home relaxing when suddenly you hear a commotion from your neighbor’s house. Curious, you look out the window to see police escorting her to a squad car in handcuffs; it turns out your quiet, unassuming neighbor has been leading a life of crime right under your nose.
But that kind of thing doesn’t happen in reality, right?
Well, Cheryl Herrera’s neighbors may have experienced a situation much like that one last Friday. Fox13 in Salt Lake City, Utah reports that police served a search warrant on Herrera’s home in St. George and arrested her shortly thereafter.
Police discovered pages of counterfeit money, a counterfeit money production set up, and a small container containing 14 balls of black tar heroin. Further searching of her home also revealed, glass pipes and scales with drug residue and baggies containing a white, crystallized substance which later tested positive as methamphetamine.
Did I mention she lived less than half a mile from an elementary school?
Officers on the scene found a scanner/printer with authentic money inside, paper cutting tools, and sheets of counterfeit currency waiting to be cut and presumably used. Reports indicated that at least 10 different serial numbers were used on the fake bills. In addition to an apparent counterfeiting operation, police believe the drugs and drug residue they uncovered were evidence of Herrera’s involvement with drug sales in the area. Envelopes found in the home contained what appeared to be transaction records.
The 26 year old St. George resident faces 10 third- degree felony charges for forgery, two felony charges for possession of devices used for forgery, one first-degree charge for possession with intent to sell, two second degree felony charges for possession of a Schedule 1 controlled substance, and a misdemeanor for possession of drug paraphernalia.
All drug charges against Cheryl Herrera were increased by one degree because her home is less than 1,000 feet from a school. Bail has been set to $90,000.
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Alexandrea Holder is a South Florida native working toward double Master’s degrees in Psychology and English. She finds the psychological aspects of addiction and mental illness fascinating, as both are prevalent in her family’s history. When not researching and spreading addiction awareness, Alexandrea enjoys sparring, artistic pursuits, and admiring puppies online.