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MPD Makes Cash Bust
Posting Date: 10/23/2012

Jeff Smith, Mesquite Police Dept

Mesquite Police were conducting routine traffic enforcement Sunday morning on I-15 near mile marker 121 when they observed a Silver Chevy, Malibu traveling in the southbound lanes with no illumination on the rear license plate .

Officers conducted a traffic stop and spoke with the driver, Jose Hernandez-Rodriguez and the passenger, Jose Antonio Cruz-Orazco neither of which had a valid driver’s license as well as the Malibu’s registration was suspended for no insurance. Mesquite Police Officers observed multiple indicators of criminal activity.

“Mesquite Police Officers are trained in drug interdictions as part of the department’s efforts to keep drugs out of Mesquite,” said Troy Tanner, Chief of


During a search of the vehicle prior to impound, officers noticed that there was an after-market hidden compartment built into the vehicle which contained several plastic wrapped packages containing $74,727.00 in US currency.

Rodriguez and Orazco were taken into custody by special agents from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in Las Vegas.

“This weekend’s arrests and cash seizure are a direct result of the extraordinary cooperation between ICE Homeland Security Investigations and the Mesquite Police Department. I should underscore that the federal investigation into this incident is ongoing,” said Michael Harris, assistant special agent in charge for HSI Las Vegas. “As this case demonstrates, Las Vegas has become an increasingly significant transfer point for drug and currency distribution.”


  • Posted Date: 10/23/2012
    Somewhat relevant . . Nat Geo Drugs Inc. series . .
    By: -
  • Posted Date: 10/23/2012
    Well done, you professionals, keeping Mesquite a low crime environment
    By: plain ol Doug
  • Posted Date: 10/23/2012
    Stopping a car on the Interstate because of a license plate light being out is called "fishing" in law enforcement. You find the most minor violation and pull the vehicle over hoping for something better. That's what happened. A stop for such a minor violation should not have happened. Betcha anyone with such a minor infraction and being stopped would avoid Mesquite in the future. Mesquite officer belong in the city, not fishing on I-15. Wonder how many are pulled over for such nonsense? This one panned out. Big deal.
    By: ralphedwards
  • Posted Date: 10/23/2012
    Searching a vehicle because of a marker light being out or because they are Hispanic? How many cops search a car because of an equipment violation? Looks like Mesquite should be investigated by the ACLU.
    By: ronnie
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