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A Big Spring man was arrested Tuesday at a residence in the 2500 block of Dow on a charge of engaging in organized criminal activity.
Christopher Bedford, 33, of 2513 Dow, was charged with engaging in organized criminal activity in connection with several reports of forgery and passing counterfeit checks, according to law enforcement records. Bedford is being held at the Howard County Detention Center awaiting arraignment.
According to Sgt. Tony Everett, public information officer with the Big Spring Police Department, the search warrant was served after the suspect's brother was apprehended for allegedly trying to pass a counterfeit check.
â€śSeveral days ago, Bedford's brother â€” 31-year-old Daniel Bedford, also of Big Spring â€” was arrested attempting to pass a counterfeit check believed to have been printed by Christopher Bedford,â€ť Everett said. â€śBedford is suspected in numerous forgery cases where stolen checks were forged. He is also suspected of printing and cashing phony checks â€” using real business names on the checks â€” and printing and passing counterfeit currency.â€ť
Everett said the search turned up a number of clues leading investigators back to Bedford.
â€śThe search of the residence produced counterfeit money, as well as equipment used to make phony checks,â€ť Everett said. â€śThis is not considered a large operation, but is believed to tie into the methamphetamine trade.â€ť
The search warrant was executed at approximately 9 a.m., according to law enforcement records.