VINTON, LA (WAFB) - Two New Orleans men are facing 98 counts of identity fraud and access device fraud after they were found to be in possession of stolen credit cards. Officials tell us that one card is connected to the recent Target data breach.
"It may be that somebody else used the card during the Target breach and then sold it to someone else. We really have no idea," Chief Ricky Fox, Vinton Police Department, said.
An officer with the Vinton Police Department located the cards during a traffic stop on Sunday, Feb. 9.
"The officer pulled a vehicle over for speeding on I-10 eastbound," Chief Fox explained. "During the stop, the driver became nervous and the officer could see some items in the car that seemed suspicious. The officer questioned the driver and the passenger separately and they both gave a different story about where they were and where they were going."
The driver allegedly agreed to a search of the vehicle. That's when the officer found a black hoodie wrapped around the stolen credit cards.
Chief Fox admitted that this type of arrest is very unusual for his agency. After learning about the possible connection to the Target breach, Chief Fox contacted the U.S. Secret Service for assistance.
"The Baton Rouge field officer came to assist us yesterday," Chief Fox said. "They gave us some information about the cards."
Izel Henderson Mayes, 23, and Brian Charles Smith, 21, were arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Parish Prison. During booking, correctional officers located four baggies of heroin during a body cavity search on Smith.
Mayes bond is set at $172,000. Smith's bond is set at $150,000.