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A woman arrested Saturday for allegedly trying to pass counterfeit $50 bills at a Bismarck post office also faces a drug charge and is being held for federal immigration officials for being in the country illegally.

Police were called to the post office on Rosser Avenue for a report of a woman attempting to use counterfeit bills to send a MoneyGram to California, according to a police affidavit. Xueqiu Yan, 59, was still in possession of four fake $50 bills with identical serial numbers when Bismarck police arrested her. She consented to a search of her room at the Quality Inn, during which officers found 87 prescription diet pills. She told officers she did not have a prescription for the pills, the affidavit said.

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Court documents list her address as El Monte, Calif. However, police said she holds a Chinese passport, and Burleigh Morton Detention Center records show she also is being held for Immigration and Customs Enforcement for living in the country illegally.

The counterfeiting charge is a felony. A judge set bail for Yan at $50,000. No attorney was listed for her in court documents.

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