Lengthy investigation by DMV Compliance Enforcement investigators results in seizure of drugs, cash, computers, printers and card stock.
“After a lengthy investigation and a successful sting operation, investigators with the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles’ Compliance Enforcement Division shut down a major false document factory and arrested four Reno residents yesterday,” DMV Director Bruce Breslow said.
A search of two residences resulted in the seizure of computers, printers, card stock and a large amount of cash and narcotics. Four Reno residents were arrested: David Herrera-Saldana, 40, Susana Trejo-Dominguez, 37, Victor Mendoza-Rios, 38, and Juan Castillo-Baez, 35.
DMV investigators led the investigation with the assistance of Homeland Security Investigations and the Reno Police Department. The investigation is on-going and additional charges are pending against this fraud ring.
“Anyone who knowingly and indiscriminately creates or sells phony identity cards is putting the security of our communities and even our country at risk,” said John Budrewicz, resident agent in charge of ICE Homeland Security Investigations in Reno.
“Counterfeit documents can potentially be used by dangerous criminals and others who are attempting to obscure their identities and cover their tracks.”
Herrera-Saldana was charged with felony possession of a controlled substance (cocaine), felony possession of a controlled substance for sale, felony trafficking and three felony counts of possession of false identification. He’s being held on $39,500 bail.
Trejo-Dominguez was charged with three felony counts of transfer of false identity documents and is being held on $6,000 bail.
Mendoza-Rios was charged with one felony count of transfer of false identity documents. His bail is $2,000.
Castillo-Baez was charged with one felony count of transfer of false documents and is being held on $2,000 bail.