ELOY — A Colorado man is facing charges of money laundering after an Arizona Department of Public Safety trooper stopped him with more than $81,000 in his vehicle.

According to Pinal County Superior Court records, at around 11 a.m. on Aug. 27, a silver Nissan Altima with Colorado plates passed a DPS trooper who was sitting in the median watching westbound traffic on Interstate 10 near mile marker 208 in Eloy. The trooper noticed that the driver had reclined his seat past the pillar that separates the front of the car from the backseat.

“This looked suspicious, as though the driver was attempting to conceal himself as he passed by,” the trooper wrote in his report.

When the trooper pulled out to follow the vehicle, it left the highway at a nearby exit. The trooper continued driving down the highway waiting for the vehicle to re-enter the highway.

About 20 minutes later, the vehicle passed the trooper in the middle lane. The trooper noticed the silver car was following a black truck too closely and pulled the silver car over near milepost 203.

When the trooper approached the front passenger window he noticed a strong smell of marijuana coming from the car. The trooper noticed the driver was very nervous as he handed over his driver’s license and registration. A search of the vehicle revealed a pink bag containing eight bundles of currency. The total amount of the currency was $81,268.

Colt Frighetti, 27, was booked into the Pinal County jail and is facing one charge of money laundering.

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Suzanne Adams-Ockrassa is a reporter covering the city of Casa Grande and the surrounding area, as well as Central Arizona College. She can be reached at sadams@pinalcentral.com.

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