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Arrest report details 'financial forgery' lab inside Vegas apartment

Police find credit cards, DETR documents, laminating machine
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Posted at 2:00 PM, Sep 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-01 00:47:12-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Three people face charges connected to a "financial forgery laboratory" inside a Las Vegas apartment, according to arrest reports related to the incident.

On Sept. 17 parole officers arrived at an apartment complex on Hauck Street, near Desert Inn Road and Decatur Boulevard, looking for Martin Romero. His arrest report says he was wanted for an alleged attempted robbery.

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When parole officers arrived, the report says that Eva Castellanos, whose name is on the lease, and Ruben Sapien were also seen on the premises.

Officers knocked on the door and received no response, according to the report. They then surrounded the unit and used a bullhorn to tell everyone inside to come out.

Sapien was the first to leave the building. Police say he was naked and covering himself with a pink towel. About a minute and a half later, Castellanos left as well.

Police documents show Romero was the last to exit, over 30 minutes after officers first began using the bullhorn.

While they were in custody, one report says officers searched the apartment and found around 200 credit and debit cards in a small bag and a number of documents from the state's employment office, known as DETR.

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Authorities also found two inkjet printers, a laptop, a credit card reader and writer, blank check stock, a laminating machine, laminating sheets, forged car titles, checks and checkbooks in the name of others, letter dye cast sets and tin foil, the report says.

Under the mattress in the master bedroom, the report says an officer found a makeup bag that appeared to have methamphetamine inside it.

Romero and Castellanos each received charges directly connected to the forgery lab. Sapien was charged with making a false statement and obstructing an officer.