A couple was arrested Wednesday morning after deputies located more than $243,000 in their vehicle.

Jim Wells County deputies conduct a traffic stop on a 2015 Cadillac SUV on US High 281 near Highway 141. The deputies received consent to search the vehicle after speaking with 42-year-old Mark Calzadias of San Antonio and 46-year-old Catherine Villarreal of Plainview.

During the search, several bundles of cash were located; a total of $243, 973.

The couple was transported to the sheriff's office for further investigation.

Calzadias and Villarreal were booked into the JWC jail. They were charged with money laundering and unlawful use of a criminal instrument.

The case is under investigation.