Investigators in Peru have discovered a haul of £2.5 million worth of forged banknotes.
A raid in the capital Lima uncovered a sophisticated counterfeiting operation mass-producing hi-tech fake U.S. dollars and Euro notes.
Police proudly showed off their find at a press conference yesterday, including $2 million in fake U.S currency and 1.5 million Euros.
Fakes: Police have seized $2 million in counterfeit U.S. dollars, during a raid in Lima, Peru
Number one: Peru is now the world’s leading producer and distributor of forged money
Bound for the USA: Police seized £21 million worth of international currency between 2009 and 2010 alone
Police also discovered counterfeiting equipment, including printing presses and stamps used to fake seals and indentations on notes.
In recent years Peru has become the world’s leading producer of counterfeit money, churning out tens of millions of pounds worth of fake dollars, euros, Venezuelan bolívares fuertes and Bolivian and Chilean pesos.