DPS announces series of cash seizures, arrests
by Lauren Misak - Sept. 4, 2009 08:32 PM
The Arizona Republic
State authorities seized $1.3 million in cash in seven vehicle stops over the past two weeks.
The Arizona Department of Public Safety announced Friday a series of arrests and investigations in connection with the seized money:
• On Aug. 24, authorities arrested Edgar Antonio Gaxiola-Ochoa.He was stopped for a traffic violation when officials say their police dog found 46 bundles of cash totaling $597,640 inside the vehicle.
• A commercial vehicle was pulled over for vehicle violations Aug. 24. A police dog identified $548,000stuffed in duffle bags and placed in compartments in the truck trailer. The driver was released pending investigation.
• DPS officers pulled over a car speeding Aug. 24 and found two stacks of cash wrapped in plastic bags under the back seat. DPS collected $20,000. Cuauhtemoc Dominguez was booked on charges of money laundering.
• Leopold Barraza was pulled over for a vehicle equipment violation Aug. 31. Officers said they found $15,720 in a Dillard's bag in his pocket. They took his vehicle and cash