FLORENCE, Ariz. -- Two Tucson residents are facing money laundering charges after more than $125,000 in cash was found in their vehicle.
The Pinal County Sheriff’s Office says a K-9 deputy was on patrol near eastbound Interstate 10 and Sunshine Blvd. on the night of August 28 when a vehicle made an unsafe lane change while following a car at an unsafe distance.
The deputy stopped the car and spoke with Anthony Oyola, 24, and his passenger Crystal Rincon, 18.
Oyola and Rincon reportedly gave conflicting stories when asked where they were coming from.
A registration check showed that the vehicle was a rental, but neither Oyola nor Rincon’s name was on the rental agreement. The car was also past the date of return.
Oyola and Rincon denied that there were any drugs, guns or large currency in the vehicle, and consented to a search.
The K-9 was deployed, and confirmed that something was behind the back seats. The seats were pulled upright and six bags of money containing $125,400 were located.
Along with the cash, deputies also confiscated cell phones, designer hand bags, and a wallet from the vehicle.