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Vinton traffic stop leads to discovery of stolen credit card accounts

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Izel Henderson Mayes and Brian Charles Smith. (Source: Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office) Izel Henderson Mayes and Brian Charles Smith. (Source: Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office)
(Source: Gerron Jordan / KPLC) (Source: Gerron Jordan / KPLC)
VINTON, LA (KPLC) -

A traffic stop near Vinton Sunday night resulted in the discovery of multiple stolen credit card accounts, including at least one connected to the recent Target data breach.

Two New Orleans men were arrested and are facing 98 counts of identity theft and 98 counts of access device fraud, authorities said.

Vinton Police Chief Rick Fox said Izel Henderson Mayes, 23, and Brian Charles Smith, 21, were stopped Sunday night while driving eastbound on Interstate 10.

Fox said officer Jason McGee initiated the stop for a traffic violation. During a search of the vehicle, officers found 97 fake credit cards and several bags of receipts.

"We were able to piece together some of the receipts to the point that we discovered that approximately $2500 worth of merchandise was purchased by these individuals in the Houston area prior to being stopped," said Fox.

"The U.S. Secret Service assisted us yesterday," Fox said. "During the preliminary investigation, at least one of the cards was identified as being involved in the Target data breach."

Smith was also charged with one count of drug possession and one count of introducing contraband into a penal institution, after authorities found multiple balloons of heroin during a body cavity search, Fox said.

Bond for Mayes was set at $172,000 while Smith's bond was set at $150,000.

The car that was stopped was a rental car. It will be returned to the rental car company. Other merchandise that was found in the vehicle will be marked as evidence.

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