Federal investigators raided a house in a Charlottesville neighborhood that is known for its million-dollar homes Monday night.
Rugby Road was the scene of a federal raid Monday night and an investigation that took most of Tuesday, which ultimately led to a foot pursuit at Barracks Road Shopping Center and three arrests.
The third arrest Tuesday night brought an end to what federal authorities say was a major fake ID manufacturing operation in Charlottesville.
Police arrested 31-year-old Alan McNeil Jones at Barracks Road Shopping Center and his white Range Rover was combed over for evidence. Heavily armed police officers caught up with him just an hour after releasing his name and a description of the car. Federal investigators say it was Jones who led police to the base of operations and his cohorts.
Court documents reveal how the feds caught wind of the operation.
"This started with some students in South Carolina at the College of Charleston obtaining documents from this web-based business," said Timothy Heaphy, U.S. attorney.
Those students were busted for having fake IDs in 2012. The trail led police to a post office in Charlottesville, where they set up a camera inside to watch box number 7266. Court documents say Jones was caught on tape - in January - at the post office. Police followed him to 920 Rugby Road and two other suspects in the case.
"What was recovered at the time of its execution was very consistent with the production of these high-quality driver licenses and fake identifications," Heaphy said.
Authorities raided the house Monday night, collecting evidence through Tuesday. They found $200,000 in cash and multiple firearms, including a high-power assault rifle.
Jones and the other two suspects, Kelly McPhee and Mark Bernardo, are each facing a trio of federal fraud charges. Federal authorities believe they mailed more than 4,000 fake IDs since 2011.
McPhee and Bernardo will have a hearing in federal court Wednesday morning at 10:30. There is no word yet on the hearing for Jones.