Probationers Busted with Stolen IDs, Drugs
Photo: Monique Elliott
August 24, 2020 – Ventura County, Ca.
It was a hot summer afternoon on August 21 st when Camarillo Police Department Special Enforcement Detail detectives were “conducting high-visibility patrols,” according to Ventura County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Sgt. Peter Frank.
As the cops were cruising through the streets of Camarillo, they spotted a vehicle driven by 32-year-old Ventura resident Anthony Hernandez. A “traffic stop” was conducted and contact with Hernandez and his passenger, 39-year-old Ventura resident Monique Elliott was made.
It didn’t take the detectives long to confirm that both Hernandez and Elliott were both on probation with search terms, Hernandez for drug convictions, Elliott for having been involved in the possession of stolen property.
A search of Hernandez’s vehicle lead to the discovery of “an amount of methamphetamine and paraphernalia consistent with illegal drug use” as well as “the personal identifying information of 30 individuals,” including numerous social security cards, driver’s licenses, vehicle registration documents, and bank account records. The identity records were accompanied by “handwritten, specific instructions on how to decode and calculate the 3-digit CVV security codes on credit cards.”
Elliott was taken into custody and transported to Ventura County Jail, where she was booked on charges of Possession of Personal Identifying Information of 10 or more people, possession of drug paraphernalia, and on a felony warrant for Identity Theft. Hernandez was transported to jail where he was booked on the same charges in addition to being under the influence of a controlled substance. Bail for each was set at $70,000.
Photos: Courtesy Ventura County Jail Booking