Routine traffic stop leads to money laundering arrest - Tucson News Now

Routine traffic stop leads to money laundering arrest

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Maribel Toscano (Source: Pinal County Sheriff's Office) Maribel Toscano (Source: Pinal County Sheriff's Office)
PCSO K9 Troy, and the money found (Source: Pinal County Sheriff's Office) PCSO K9 Troy, and the money found (Source: Pinal County Sheriff's Office)
Bundles of money found in suspect vehicle (Source: Pinal County Sheriff's Office) Bundles of money found in suspect vehicle (Source: Pinal County Sheriff's Office)
Suspect vehicle (Source: Pinal County Sheriff's Office) Suspect vehicle (Source: Pinal County Sheriff's Office)
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

A routine traffic stop leads to money laundering arrest for the Pinal County Sheriff's Office, according to a recent PCSO release.

A PCSO deputy pulled over a sedan on I-10 near mile marker 207 for a routine traffic violation, said the release.  The driver, identified as Maribel Toscano, appeared nervous said the deputy.

Toscano told the deputy she was driving back home after shopping all day in Phoenix.  According to the deputy he saw two large bundles of plastic wrapped bundles in Toscano's purse, as well as a three-year-old child and newly purchased items in the rear of the car.

The deputy also stated he saw several other plastic wrapped bundles near the seat of the toddler in the rear.  According to the deputy Toscano allegedly admitted to receiving the cash from a drug cartel member, with instructions to bring the money back to Mexico. 

Toscano allegedly told PCSO officials she had separated and packaged the bundles in plastic, to transport it back to Mexico.  PCSO K-9 Troy alerted to possible drugs coming from the money, said the release. 

Toscano was arrested and is currently booked into the Pinal County Jail facing one count of money laundering. 

The money, totaling $69,975 was seized, as was the vehicle she was driving.  The child is currently in the custody of a family friend, said the release. 

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