Cash Counterfeit Operation Discovered During Santa Rosa House Search

SANTA ROSA (CBS SF) — Sonoma County sheriff investigators last week searched a Santa Rosa home and found a cash counterfeit operation and drugs, according to the sheriff’s office.

On Thursday, detectives from the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office property crimes investigation unit went to a home in the 3900 block of Match Point Avenue to conduct a probation search.

During the search, deputies found materials and equipment used for counterfeiting U.S. currency, the sheriff’s office said. Deputies also found several completed $100 bills.

The search also yielded drug paraphernalia and suspected methamphetamine.

James Lee, 37, was arrested for possession of counterfeiting material, possession of fictitious currency, possession of methamphetamine and violating probation.

His bail was set at $11,000.

Detectives also arrested Lisa Ann Stites, 36, for possession of drug paraphernalia and violating probation.

Stites was on probation from a previous drug possession and check forgery conviction, the sheriff’s office said.

Her bail was set at $2,000.

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