Arizona Attorney General

Mark Brnovich



State v. Carlos Antonio Arredondo-Rosas and Gabriel Lopez-Iriarte

On January 27, 2012, a Nogales Police Department officer patrolling I-19 in Santa Cruz County as part of the Attorney General-funded Southern Border Alliance stopped a vehicle traveling southbound for a tinted window violation. Based on various factors which led the officer to become suspicious of the occupants in the vehicle, he requested written permission to search the vehicle from both occupants, which was granted. Inside the vehicle, police found three boxes of laundry detergent that had been opened and re-sealed with glue. The investigating officers found U.S. currency totaling $399,785.00 inside the boxes. Both suspects admitted they were transporting “dirty money and being paid by individuals in Mexico to pick the money up in the United States and transport it back to Mexico. In June, 2012, both defendants were sentenced to three years in prison.