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October 21, 2014

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‘Dateline NBC’ special to focus on Vegas crime

Beyond the Sun

“Dateline NBC” and Chris Hansen will give the nation an undercover look at crime in Las Vegas tonight.

Hansen and his team spent almost a year with Metro Police to produce the “Vegas Undercover” special, looking as authorities investigate pimps, auto thieves and money counterfeiters.

At one point, Hansen joins Metro detectives and Lt. Karen Hughes from the Pimp Investigation Team while an undercover officer poses as a prostitute on the Strip. A man approaches the undercover officer, offers to be her pimp and is later arrested for pandering.

The “Dateline NBC” special shows undercover Metro officers setting up a fencing operation in an open storefront in an industrial area of Las Vegas. Officers buy stolen guns and cars for cash, sometimes purchasing vehicles for as little as $550.

Hansen also witnesses a man demonstrating for undercover cops his method for producing fake money. The man later explains he sells the phony bills and claims some of his product goes into circulation at a local casino.

“Vegas Undercover” airs tonight at 10 p.m. on NBC.

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