Crime

SLO police find counterfeit bills, drugs after rousting pair sleeping in car

The San Luis Obispo Department arrested 37-year-old Michael Crocker of Fresno on Thursday, April 20, 2017.
The San Luis Obispo Department arrested 37-year-old Michael Crocker of Fresno on Thursday, April 20, 2017.

Two people were arrested in San Luis Obispo on Thursday morning after a probation search led to the discovery of drugs and counterfeit bills in a parked car, police said.

San Luis Obispo Police Department officers were conducting a patrol check about 6 a.m. in the Motel 6 parking lot at 1433 Calle Joaquin when they spotted two people — identified as Michael Crocker and Melissa Fernandes, both of Fresno — sleeping in a car, according to a news release.

Officers learned that Crocker, 37, was on felony probation, and when they searched the vehicle, they found evidence of methamphetamine and heroin sales, plus more than $2,000 in forged bills. They also found incomplete fraudulent bills and a computer and printer believed to be used to make additional counterfeit bills, according to police.

Crocker was arrested on suspicion of forgery and possession of a controlled substance for sale and remains in San Luis Obispo County Jail in lieu of $500,000. Fernandes, 46, was charged with forgery and is in County Jail in lieu of $20,000.

Anyone with additional information is asked to contact police at 805-781-7312.

Megan Henney: 805-781-7915, @megan_henney

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