A couple was arrested Thursday after investigators with the Jim Wells County Sheriff's Interdiction Team discovered $326,500 in a concealed compartment.

The couple was driving south on Highway 281 in a gray SUV when they were stopped for a traffic violation.

The interdiction officers made contact with 30-year-old Jesus Vallejo from Houston and 32-year-old Maria Barron from Nuevo Laredo, Mexico. 

After the officer's conversation with the couple the officer received consent to search the vehicle.

During the search, the officers observed 22 bundles of money. They transported the vehicle and the couple to the sheriff's office. The couple was charged with money laundering and have a $100,000 bond each. 

The case is under investigation.