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MATTESON, Ill. – Illinois State Police say more than $75,000 in U.S. currency was recovered earlier this week during a traffic stop on U.S. Rt. 30 in Matteson, Ill.

The stop happened at 2:31 p.m. Monday when an ISP District Chicago sergeant pulled a vehicle over for a traffic violation. The driver did not possess a valid driver's license, so the driver and passengers were asked to step out of the vehicle.

During the search, someone traveling in a separate vehicle approached the scene claiming to be a relative.

Authorities uncovered tools and other items involved in drug trafficking. Hidden compartments were found in both vehicles concealing $75,100 in bundled currency. All four suspects denied knowing anything about the cash.

The driver of the vehicle was cited for driving without a valid license and given a warning for making an illegal u-turn. All four suspects were released pending an investigation.