A routine traffic stop in Jim Wells County Monday night resulted in the seizure of over $40,000 in laundered money, firearms and synthetic marijuana.

Police said they had stopped the driver of the car, who has been identified as 23-year old Elijio Perez, on Highway 281 and FM 735 just before 8:30 p.m. During the stop, deputies located a hidden compartment in the gas tank, which led to the cash, guns and drugs.

The driver was charged with money laundering, unlawful possession of a firearm and possession of a control substance.