Three people arrested in counterfeit currency investigation

On July 19th, 2017 Officer Duryea of the Astoria Police Department responded to a report that counterfeit twenty dollar bills had been passed at an Astoria business.  Officer Duryea located the suspect vehicle while responding to the business.  Officer Duryea subsequently arrested 29 year old Neil Dowell of Astoria for Forgery in the First Degree and DUII.  Officer Duryea seized the vehicle Dowell was driving and applied for and received a search warrant from Clatsop County Circuit Court for the vehicle. On July 21st, 2017 Officer Duryea and Officer Riley served the search warrant where additional counterfeit currency as well as a small amount of heroin was located.

Officer Duryea developed information from this incident to obtain additional search warrants including one for a motorhome located at Highway 30 and Ivy Station Road. Officer Duryea and Officer Riley were assisted by the Clatsop County Sheriff’s Office in the execution of the search warrant at this location. Additional counterfeit currency was located during the search. Though the resident of the motorhome was not present at the time the search warrant was served. Deputy Baldwin of the Clatsop County Sheriff’s Office,  later located and arrested the resident, 38 year old Conrad Allyn Weirup of Astoria, on charges of Forgery I.  Weirup was in the company of 28 year old Kaneeya Pratt of Kelso Washington.  Pratt was initially arrested on outstanding warrants, and was found to be in possession of additional counterfeit currency.  Pratt was charged with Forgery I.

Anyone who believes they have information about this investigation is asked to contact Officer AJ Duryea at the Astoria Police Department, 503-325-4411.