A Columbia man was arrested Tuesday by federal agents and accused of passing counterfeit $50 bills in Montgomery County.
Authorities said they also found nearly $25,000 in cocaine and marijuana in his Hickory Ridge town house.
The suspect had been the focus of a months-long counterfeiting investigation by Montgomery County police and the U.S. Secret Service, said Agent James Washington.
Police would not say where or how the counterfeit bills were produced.
Howard County police assisted the Secret Service and Montgomery officers when they raided the town house about 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Officers found 11.5 ounces of cocaine, worth an estimated $16,500, and 5 pounds of marijuana, worth about $9,000 -- one of the largest drug seizures in Howard in recent years, said county police spokesman Sgt. Steven Keller.
Valium, drug paraphernalia, a handgun, a sawed-off shotgun and $4,000 also were seized, Sergeant Keller said.
Behman Jarrahi, 25, of 10300 College Square was being held yesterday at the Montgomery County Detention Center in Rockville on $5,500 bond.