WALLINGFORD — A Meriden man faces charges after police said he was found with counterfeit $100 bills during a traffic stop on Wednesday.
Edwin Gutierrez, 22, of 53 Fourth St., Meriden, was charged with first-degree forgery, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of less than half an ounce of marijuana, driving without a license, failure to display plates, improper use of marker plate and driving without insurance.
An officer in the area of River Road and Quinnipiac Street saw a car that did not have a front license plate and conducted a traffic stop around 5:15 p.m. The driver, Gutierrez, told the officer he did not have insurance or registration paperwork, according to a police report. The officer searched the car and found rolling papers, about half a gram of marijuana and nine counterfeit $100 bills.
Gutierrez told police he bought the fake bills online to use on social media, the report said.
Gutierrez was arraigned in Meriden Superior Court on Thursday. Bond was set at $500 and he is due back in court on Oct. 17.
– Lauren Sellew