Two Arizona men loaded weapons, drugs and a copy machine in their rental car and drove from the Grand Canyon state to Mendocino County, where they planned to print their own money and buy a bunch of marijuana, a Mendocino County sheriff's official said Tuesday.
The plan ended in Ukiah when a deputy stopped them for speeding and a missing license plate light, sheriff's Lt. Greg Van Patten said.
On Tuesday, driver Eric Tysick, 27, of Mesa and passenger Zachary Henderson, 22, of Dateland were in the Mendocino County Jail.
They were due to be arraigned Wednesday on several alleged drugs and weapons charges.
Inside their rented, four-door Chevrolet Impala, deputies had found a loaded handgun, metal knuckles attached to a spring-loaded knife, a billy club and another knife, said Van Patten.
Daisy, a Ukiah police dog with a nose for narcotics, found a small amount of heroin, methadone and marijuana.
In the trunk was a copier.
"They were going to use (the copier)to print ... a large amount of counterfeit money," the men told deputies, Van Patten said.
The money was for dope.
"They were here to buy large amounts of marijuana and drive back to Arizona," he said.
The two were driving in Ukiah on South State Street at about 10:30 p.m. Friday when Deputy Darren Brewster pulled them over.
The Impala was going 45 mph in a 35 mph zone and the rental car was missing the back license light, said Van Patten.
Tysick told the deputy up front he had a suspended driver's license. He also was a convicted felon in Arizona, Van Patten said.
Tysick agreed to be searched and deputies found him carrying the knuckles-knife weapon.
Henderson gave deputies permission to search the car and they found other weapons, including a loaded semi-automatic pistol in the driver's door pocket.
Deputies also found drug paraphernalia for smoking drugs.
The men, who deputies also suspected were under the influence of drugs, were arrested and taken to jail.
Their bail was set at $25,000 each.
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