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      $287,000 seized in I-40 traffic stop

      More than a quarter of a million dollars was seized in a traffic stop on Interstate 40 earlier this week.

      According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, a 2007 Toyota Camry was stopped for a traffic violation about six miles west of Conway on I-40. The stop happened Monday morning, DPS said.

      Driving the vehicle was 44-year-old Maria Vega-Montano of Tucson, Ariz.

      During the traffic stop, DPS said it requested to consent to search the vehicle and it was granted.

      Inside troopers found 23 bundles of currency totaling $287,500. DPS said the bundles were found concealed inside an after market compartment underneath the vehicle.

      Vega-Montano was arrested and booked into the Carson County Jail on a charge of money laundering.

      DPS said the money was headed to Nogales, Ariz. It originated in Georgetown, Ky., DPS said.