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State Police: Traffic stop leads to $37K in fake cash, Latham man's arrest

State Police: Traffic stop leads to $37K in fake cash, Latham man's arrest

Troopers stopped the man for having a headlight out, state police say
State Police: Traffic stop leads to $37K in fake cash, Latham man's arrest
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LATHAM - A traffic stop early Tuesday led to the discovery of more than $37,000 in counterfeit cash, state police said.

The arrest came as police in Gloversville warned of circulating fake cash found there. It was unclear if there was any connection between the two.

The Tuesday arrest happened shortly before 3 a.m. Tuesday on Scully Avenue in Colonie. Troopers made the stop after observing the man's car with a headlight out.

As the trooper spoke with the driver, identified as Ali Sheroze, 22, of Latham, the trooper could smell marijuana coming from inside the vehicle, state police said.

A subsequent search then uncovered the counterfeit cash, troopers said. Troopers found 80 fake $100 bills in the vehicle's center console and another 294 in a backpack in the rear seat. 

Sheroze was charged with first-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument, a felony and released to appear in court later.

State police did not describe the counterfeit cash they said they discovered in Sheroze's vehicle, but the arrest came as Gloversville Police warned of circulating fake $100 bills. The bills Gloversville warned about had Asian characters on them, but otherwise looked like real U.S. currency.

Gloversville Police also released images of the fake currency they were warning about.

Images released by the Gloversville Police Department:

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