2 nabbed in traffic stop had ‘large amount of cash’

Dayton police stopped a 2007 Saab for allegedly not stopping for a school bus in the 1000 block of Pritz Avenue, according to the Dayton police report.

The driver and front seat passenger, 21-year-old Arcadio Mendoza, Jr., ran away from the traffic stop while a third occupant, eventually identified as 29-year-old Jose Lais, remained in the back seat of the vehicle, according to the report.

Police said there was “a large amount of cash” in plain sight in the Saab. Police said Mendoza was seen carrying a bag while he fled that was never recovered.

Both the driver and Mendoza were apprehended after a brief chase.

Police have not said exactly how much cash was in the vehicle.

Mendoza and Lais were arrested on suspicion of obstructing official business, according to the report. Mendoza bonded out of the Montgomery County Jail on Thursday but Lais remains an inmate there and is being held for immigration officers, according to jail records.

Members of the Southern Ohio Safe Streets Task Force, a conglomerate of local law enforcement including the FBI, and the Community Initiative to Reduce Gun Violence were involved in the investigation.

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