Drug-tainted dollar bills spark bank investigation

August 25, 2014 - 8:04 PM

MONTE VISTA, Colo. (AP) — A Monte Vista bank teller who reported tingly, numb fingers after accepting some wet dollar bills has prompted a federal investigation.

The (Alamosa) Valley Courier reports (http://bit.ly/1lsJExY ) that San Luis Valley Federal Bank reported a possible hazardous material on Friday. A bank teller reported tingly fingers after touching dollar bills that were being exchanged for larger notes by 24-year-old Michael Gutierrez of Del Norte. The bills reportedly had a strange odor and appeared to have been wet.

Monte Vista Police Chief Jim Grayson says field tests for hazardous materials were negative, but a sample of the bills tested positive for cocaine.

Gutierrez was booked into the Rio Grande County Jail on several outstanding misdemeanor failure-to-appear warrants. Police and the U.S. Secret Service office in Denver are investigating the dollar bills.

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Information from: Valley Courier, http://www.alamosanews.com/