An Assumption Parish judge has ordered a Houma man to serve five years in prison for possessing counterfeit money, prosecutors said.

Curtis Ross, 37, of Oakshire Drive, pleaded guilty Wednesday to monetary instrument abuse, 23rd Judicial District investigator Tyler Cavalier said.

The plea resulted from an agreement Ross made with prosecutors following a 2018 traffic stop, Cavalier said.

Ross was arrested in Assumption Parish on Sept. 7, authorities said. Due to safety concerns, deputies initiated a traffic stop when they saw a Toyota SUV towing an older-model Chevrolet sedan using a damaged strap.

Both vehicles pulled over and deputies made contact with two individuals, one of whom was the defendant, Cavalier said. While speaking with Ross, deputies learned he was wanted in Terrebonne Parish on felony drug charges, obstruction of justice and failing to appear in court for a probation revocation hearing, authorities said.

While conducting a pat-down search on Ross, deputies found a large quantity of cash, Cavalier said. It was learned that many of the $20 bills in Ross’ possession were fake. All of the counterfeit bills displayed the same serial number and the word “copy” was inscribed on each bill in large print, prosecutors said.

Ross was charged with 23 counts of monetary instrument abuse and was booked into the Assumption Parish jail on a $2,000 bond.

Assistant District Attorney Thomas Daigle handled the prosecution, and District Judge Jason Verdigets presided over the case.

--Staff Writer Dan Copp can be reached at 448-7639 or at dan.copp@houmatoday.com. Follow him on Twitter @DanVCopp.