CAMERON COUNTY – Federal authorities are pressing charges against two Guatemalan men who were caught smuggling liquid methamphetamine.
Federal agents found about 100 gallons of liquid methamphetamine inside a semi-truck’s fuel tank.
The load was discovered at the Los Indios Point of Entry in Cameron County. Federal agents have strong evidence to show that Guatemalan natives Juan Garcia and Hector Monzon tried to move the contraband into the U.S.
The incident happened the day after Christmas. Garcia was driving a 1998 Freightliner tractor trailer over the border.
A K-9 unit alerted customs officials to the presence of narcotics in the truck’s fuel tank. Upon further inspection, they determined the tanks contained 100 gallons of meth.
The following day, Monzon approached Border Patrol agents to inquire about the truck Garcia was driving. Monzon later admitted he was the registered owner of the truck and paid Garcia $100 to drive the truck.
Methamphetamine is a highly addictive drug that comes in many forms – powder, crystal and liquid.
This drug has become increasingly popular to smuggle through the Rio Grande Valley borders because it is easily produced and sold for a high profit.
Garcia and Monzon face federal drug charges. A court date has not been set.