Metro police seized $108,000 in cash hidden inside the transmission housing of a pickup truck stopped on Interstate 40 near Bellevue on Thursday.
Police say the 1999 Ford F-150 with Texas license plates was stopped for following too closely.
The driver gave conflicting statements regarding where he was traveling from and to, and, within moments, allegedly admitted that he was lying. He gave Scruggs permission to search the truck, which revealed evidence of tampering around the transmission.
Police say they found 20 bundles of currency after the truck was taken to a garage and the transmission taken apart.
The driver, who was carrying $5,000 on his person, conceded to police that he knew something was hidden in the truck.
The truck was also seized as evidence in a suspected trafficking operation.
Neither the driver nor his passenger, who are brothers-in-law, have been charged.