AMARILLO, Texas – Two Amarillo men face up to life in prison after being caught with more than 80 pounds of liquid methamphetamine smuggled in the gas tank of an SUV.
Officials say 42-year-old Richard Madrigal and 37-year-old Damian Erik Alcala pleaded guilty Monday to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine.
Both remain in custody pending sentencing by a federal judge in Amarillo. The pair could each be fined $10 million.
Law officers learned that an SUV, registered in Chihuahua, Mexico, would be arriving from El Paso. Federal prosecutors say Madrigal on July 17 drove the SUV to home in Amarillo. Alcala arrived by car.
A search led to discovery of crystal meth in the kitchen and two pistols. Authorities say the SUV’s fuel tank yielded 84 pounds of liquid methamphetamine.