Two arrested at Texas casino on counterfeiting, drug charges
The men had attempted to pass a fake bill at a gas station before heading to the gambling house
Two Las Vegas men will be spending time behind bars in Texas learning how to perfect their craft. Vincent Matlock and James Guerrie were picked up by police at a casino in Mesquite last Friday and were locked up for a number of charges, including drugs, guns and counterfeit money. It could have been a chapter out of a low-budget crime flick.
The two tried to use fake $100 bills at a gas station in Mesquite Friday afternoon, but the attendant didn’t accept them. Instead, he called the Mesquite Police Department (MPD), which began searching for the men who had already taken off from the service station.
It didn’t take long before the car the pair was driving was spotted at a local gas station. Law enforcement officers then swooped in and found the dynamic duo gambling inside the casino. They were arrested and the vehicle was searched, uncovering $800 in counterfeit money, forged checks, stolen IDs and printing equipment to make fake checks and money. Additionally, cops found a loaded firearm and more than ten grams of methamphetamine.
51-year-old Matlock was held on charges of possession of forged instruments. His partner-in-crime, 51-year-old Guerrie, was arrested for possession of forged instruments and possession of a financial forgery laboratory, as well as suspicion of drug trafficking for the presence of the meth.
In a statement from the MPD, Chief MaQuade Chesley states, “One goal of the Mesquite Police Department is to proactively prevent and stop crime by going above and beyond on each incident we respond to. These officers worked diligently as a team to locate the suspects and conduct a thorough investigation. Their excellent work led to the suspects’ arrest and prevented further people and businesses from being victimized.”