A Chokio man has been handed three felony charges for counterfeiting and drug possession that have been filed with the 8th Judicial District Court in Stevens County. According to the criminal complaint, a police search of the Main Street, Chokio, home of 28 year old Martin William Danielson found methamphetamine supplies, green parchment paper – some with pictures of ten dollar bills — , a counterfeit detector, and a dollar bill with a white magic eraser, used to wipe off ink from the dollar bill. An image of a ten dollar bill was on a computer screen when officers entered the home. Danielson had a prior November 2017 conviction for a controlled substance crime.
Officers were initially tipped off by a gas station drive off in Big Stone County, which led to them finding Danielson in Alberta, where a pat down found a possible stolen credit card and driver’s license. This led to the search warrant of the home.
The counterfeiting felonies carry a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and/or a $100,000 fine, and the drug possession charge carries a maximum penalty of 5 years in prison and/or a $10,000 fine. An additional gross misdemeanor charge was filed for uttering or possessing counterfeit currency with the knowledge that it was counterfeit. That carries a maximum sentence of one year in jail and/or a $3,000 fine.