Three men have been charged after the Broadview RCMP discovered more than $50,000 of counterfeits.
Their vehicle was pulled over on Saturday at about 6:50 a.m. for an excessive speeding infraction. There were three men in the vehicle, one was found to have a warrant for arrest.
Officers searched the the vehicle and found a large sum of cash, along with what appeared to be 32 pieces of gold and platinum, with a potential value of between $50,000 to $100,000. Follow up investigation determined the gold and platinum were counterfeit and the occupants were suspects in several suspicious pawn transactions.
Richard M. Blokhorst, a 25-year-old man, and Mitchell W. Pye, a 26-year-old man, both from Ontario were charged with one count of possession of stolen property over $5,000.
Michael C. Richards, a 30-year-old man from Nova Scotia was charged with one count of possession of property over $5,000 and one count of possession of counterfeit money over $5,000.
The investigation is ongoing and has revealed complaints of sales within Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta.
All three men are to appear in Broadview Provincial Court on January 25, 2017.