Mar 5, 2014 12:11 PM by Jonathan Ward

Freeway traffic stop leads to large money seizure

PINAL COUNTY - Yesterday afternoon a traffic stop on Interstate-10 in Pinal County resulted in the seizure of a large sum of cash. A deputy on patrol pulled over a 2002 Hyundai Elantra with suspended registration. The driver was 36-year old Elda Sepulveda Figueroa. With her in the vehicle was her seven-year-old son. A check of her records turned up a conspiracy to smuggle marijuana charge, so the deputy asked to search her vehicle. She gave him permission. The deputy found a large gift bag on the rear seat. The bag contained 5 ½ bundles of U.S. cash wrapped in rubber bands. The money totaled $107,730. The money and the vehicle were seized.

Elda Figueroa and her son were released to call for a ride. The investigation on this case will continue and possible criminal charges are pending. In a statement issued by his office, Sheriff Paul Babeu said, "Whether the cartels try to smuggle drugs, humans or cash through Pinal County, we will continue to bring a heavy hand of enforcement. After the money is released by the courts to our office, we will use it to fund equipment for our deputies and continue to provide funding for various youth programs throughout Pinal County."


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