Nogales police seize cash during routine traffic stop - Tucson News Now

Nogales police seize cash during routine traffic stop

Yanin Lorena Pintado (Source: Nogales Police Department) Yanin Lorena Pintado (Source: Nogales Police Department)
Shoebox full of tape wrapped packages. (Source: Nogales Police Department) Shoebox full of tape wrapped packages. (Source: Nogales Police Department)
(Source: Nogales Police Department) (Source: Nogales Police Department)
(Source: Nogales Police Department) (Source: Nogales Police Department)
(Source: Nogales Police Department) (Source: Nogales Police Department)
NOGALES, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Nogales police seized more than $173,000 in U.S. currency after stopping a truck on Thursday, April 27 on I-19 near kilometer 4, according to a Nogales Police Department release. 

The truck was pulled over for two equipment violations, according to the release.  The officer who made the stop discovered the woman, a resident of Rio Rico, Arizona had a suspended driver's license.  The woman, identified as 31-year-old Yanin Lorena Pintado was issued a citation and her truck was impounded for 30 days, as per procedure.  

While the truck was being inventoried for the 30-day impound, a shoebox was found that contained tape-wrapped packages, according to the release.  An odor-detecting K9 alerted to the packages, which officers discovered contained $173,025 in U.S. currency.  

According to the NPD release, due to the way the cash was discovered, officers believed that the money could be proceeds from illicit criminal activity. Pintado was arrested and booked on suspicion of money laundering and driving with a suspended license.  

The truck was seized as evidence in the investigation.  The incident report was referred to the Santa Cruz County Attorney's Office for prosecution.  

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