A man and woman from California who have passed counterfeit money in at least three states were arrested in Beaverton with $31,000 in counterfeit cash, a stolen gun and methamphetamine, according to police.

Beaverton Police Department detectives began an investigation on Nov. 17 after taking a report of counterfeit money. The report included a description of the suspects' vehicle.

The car was spotted Tuesday back in Beaverton and officers conducted a traffic stop.

The two people in the car, identified as Clinton Cury Jr., 31, and Sabrina Acedo, 26, both of California, were taken into custody.

A search of the vehicle led to the discovery of counterfeit $100, $20 and $10 bills, according to police, as well as a loaded handgun that was stolen in California, gift cards and new merchandise, including clothing.

Investigators said Cury and Acedo would purchase expensive items with the counterfeit money and then return the items at a different store in exchange for real cash.

Police believe they have been using counterfeit money in Oregon, California and Arizona.

Cury and Acedo were booked in the Washington County Jail on charges of possession of a forged instrument and possession of methamphetamine. Cury also faces the additional charge of felon in possession of a firearm.

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