PCSO: Deputy arrests woman with laundered money from Mexican drug cartel

Eloy - A 26-year-old woman from Mexico was arrested near Eloy after nearly $70,000 in cash was found in her car, according to Pinal County officials.

A K-9 deputy stopped Maribel Toscano for a traffic violation on Interstate 10 around 6 p.m. on Monday.

She told officials she was on her way back to Mexico after a day of shopping in Phoenix, according to the Pinal County Sheriff's Office.

The deputy noticed Toscano had a 3-year-old child in the car with her, and saw bundles of wrapped cash near the car seat and in her purse.

According to officials, Toscano admitted to receiving the money in Phoenix from a Mexican drug cartel member. She said she was given instructions to take the money to Mexico.

K-9 Troy gave an alert to the presence of narcotics coming from the bundles of money. Officials say the money totaled $69,975.

Toscano was booked into the Pinal County Jail for money laundering. Her child was given to a friend, according to PCSO.

“Arizona is ground zero for drug and human smuggling,” Sheriff Paul Babeu said. “Pinal County is one of the most active counties in all of America for cartel smuggling operations.” 

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