News Story


Counterfeit Currency / Narcotics Arrest
9/22/2016 3:00:00 PM


Nature of Incident:

Counterfeit Currency / Narcotics Arrest

Report Number:



8000 block of Roseland Avenue, Moorpark

Date & Time:


Unit(s) Responsible:

Moorpark Patrol and Detectives, Ventura County Interagency Pharmaceutical Crimes Unit , Southern California High Tech Taskforce Detectives, and US Secret Service


(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent

City of Residence


(S) Conte, Derek





On 09/08/2016, Ventura County Sheriff's Deputies responded to the 8000 block of Roseland Avenue in Moorpark, reference Derek Conte being under the influence of a controlled substance, possibly selling narcotics, and having active warrants for his arrest. Deputies went to the residence and contacted Conte inside his bedroom. Conte showed signs and symptoms of being under the influence of a controlled substance. Deputies located over 250 Xanax pills, .58 grams of Methamphetamine and Heroin, and $580 dollars consisting of all 20 dollar bills. Deputies arrested Conte for being under the influence of a controlled substance and seized the Xanax pills, Methamphetamine, Heroin, and $580. The $580 dollars was seized, because it was believed to be the proceeds from illegal narcotics sales.


Deputies later determined the $580 to be counterfeit money. Detectives followed up with the US Secret Service and Ventura County Interagency Pharmaceutical Detectives in an attempt to determine the origin of the Xanax, Methamphetamine, Heroin, and counterfeit money.  Conte was booked into the Ventura County jail in lieu of $15,000 bail. Conte posted bail on 09/09/2016 and was released from custody.


Between 09/09/2016 and 09/12/2016, the Ventura County Sheriff's Office received four reports of counterfeit $20 bills being passed at local businesses in Thousand Oaks. During that same time frame, there were two reports of counterfeit $20 bills being passed at local businesses in the city of Moorpark. All six incidents are still under investigation and it is unknown at this time if the counterfeit money seized during Conte's arrest is related.




On 09/22/2016, a search warrant was served at Conte's residence in the 8000 block of Roseland Avenue in Moorpark and an additional $2200 dollars, consisting of all counterfeit 20 dollar bills was seized.  This counterfeit portion of the investigation is still on going.  If you have any information reference Conte or counterfeit U.S. currency, please contact Detective Eisenhard.       


Prepared by:

Detective J.D. Eisenhard


News Release Date:



Media Follow-Up Contact:

Detective J.D. Eisenhard #4531




Approved by:

Captain John Reilly



Ventura County Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 reward for information, which leads to the arrest and criminal complaint against the person(s) responsible for this crime.  The caller may remain anonymous.  The call is not recorded.  Call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).