POSTED: Tuesday, February 11, 2014 - 12:30pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, February 11, 2014 - 12:54pm
VINTON, LA (NBC33) — Two men were arrested after police found 97 stolen credit cards; with at least one connected to the Target data breach.
Vinton Police Chief Rick Fox said his officers arrested 23-year-old Izel Henderson Mayes and 21-year-old Brian Charles Smith, both of New Orleans, on February 9.
Mayes and Smith were headed eastbound on Interstate 10, and were stopped by Vinton Police for a traffic violation.
The two men were then arrested after an officer discovered the 97 stolen credit cards.
Fox said that the Vinton Police Department received assistance from the U.S. Secret Service on February 10, and the Secret Service connected one card to the Target data breach.
Mayes and Smith both face 97 counts of identity theft and 97 counts of access device fraud.
Smith was also charged with one count drug possession and one count of introducing contraband into a penal institution after authorities found multiple balloons of heroin during a body cavity search.
Photo courtesy of Vinton Police Department