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The Mugshot Longshot

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The Mugshot Longshot is the first mission in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories given to protagonist Victor Vance by drug kingpins Diego and Armando Mendez from their mansion on Prawn Island, Vice City.


Victor Vance and Lance Vance were recently hit by the Mendez brothers, who attacked their businesses but failed. The Vance brothers tell the Mendez brothers that they didn't have a part in the stolen coke, despite the fact that they did steal it. After a short talk, Armando threatens to kill them, but then tells them that they can work together and the Vance's agree. Armando asks them who stole the cocaine, to which Lance lies and says that it was Jerry Martinez. Armando asks that they prove this. Vic and Lance then leave the mansion and Lance says that Martinez is turning states. Vic then takes a photo of Martinez in a VCPD Cheetah near the police station in Washington Beach. After the photo is taken, Martinez heads for the marina in Ocean Beach, and Vic follows him. Martinez and the DEA agent stop near the boat with the shipment and board it. Vic, after getting closer, takes another photo of Martinez, this time with the drugs. Vic is spotted, causing Martinez and the DEA agent to flee in the boat. With the police in pursuit, Vic goes to Lance's apartment and gets Bryan Forbes' DEA ID number and meets Lance at the Printworks. There, Lance presses the picture and ID number together, making out Martinez as an undercover cop.

Mission objectives

In order to complete the mission the player must:

  • Go to the Washington Beach police station
  • Take a photo of Martinez and the DEA Agent before the leave to 'prove' Martinez is undercover DEA
  • A good photo can be taken from the vantage point. Don't get too close or they will spot you
  • Take a close up photo of Martinez
  • Photo is good! Now follow their car
  • Take a photo of Martinez
  • A good photo can be taken from the vantage point. Don't get too close or they will spot you
  • Take a close up photo of Martinez
  • Photo is good! Now go to Lance's apartment to collect Bryan Forbes' DEA ID
  • Forbes' DEA ID has been collected. Go to the Print Works


There is no reward for completing this mission, but Hostile Takeover for Armando Mendez and Diego Mendez is unlocked.


When you take the photo of Martinez in the boat, you will receive a four-star wanted level. Naturally, you will want to get to a Pay 'n' Spray to deal with this before moving on to the next part of the mission. Do not, however, steal the VCPD Cheetah that Martinez and the agent drove to the dock in. Although unmarked, it is considered a police vehicle and as such Pay 'n' Sprays will reject it.

Video walkthrough

PS2 Version

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