Austin police say they’ve seized millions of dollars’ worth of liquid methamphetamine during a traffic stop.
It happened Monday, Jan. 23 at approximately 12:45 p.m. in the 10700 block of S I-35 northbound .
Investigators say a 2004 Ford Escape with Mexico license plates was pulled over for failing to maintain a single marked lane.
Police say the officer detected deception from the driver. The officer asked for consent to search vehicle, which was granted, and an “anomaly” were detected with the gas tank. A K9 trained to detect narcotics was brought to the scene and it alerted to the tank. Officers then used a fiber optic scope to explore the interior of the tank and noticed something suspicious inside.
The vehicle was taken to a city mechanic facility and the tank was removed for examination. A partition was discovered, with one side filled with approximately 65 pounds of liquid meth, according to investigators.
APD estimates its street value at $2.6 million.
The driver has been identified as Maria Bermudez Gutierrez, 45, of Mexico. Police think she was on the way to the Dallas metro area. She is now in federal custody.