RALEIGH, N.C. – Two men have been arrested and now face methamphetamine-related charges after being stopped for a window tint violation in Wake County Monday evening.
A Wake County Sheriff’s Deputy stopped Russell Carmona and his passenger Felipe Gomez at approximately 5 p.m. on Nov. 4, 2013 for a window tint violation. During the investigation, the smell of marijuana was detected from inside the car and a drug team was called to the scene to investigate.
Russell Carmona was charged with trafficking methamphetamine by transportation, trafficking methamphetamine by possession and other charges
Dogs sniffed the car and detected narcotics inside. Deputies searched the car and found 47 soda bottles in the backseat that were filled with a liquid that tested positive for liquid methamphetamine. The bottles weighed approximately 81 pounds with an estimated street value of $10 million.
Carmona was charged with trafficking methamphetamine by transportation, trafficking methamphetamine by possession, conspiracy to traffic methamphetamine, maintaining controlled substance in a vehicle and was also served with an outstanding warrant for failure to appear.
Gomez attempted to flee the scene on foot during the arrest which resulted in non-life threatening injuries. He was transported to WakeMed and was charged with trafficking methamphetamine by transportation, trafficking methamphetamine by possession, conspiracy to traffic methamphetamine and resisting, obstructing and delaying a public official. Authorities first reported Gomez’s name as Brayn Acosta, but later determined Gomez had given them a fake name.
Both Carmona and Gomez are being held in Wake County Jail. Carmona under $500,000 bond and Acosta under $1 million bond.
47 Bottles of Meth Found In Car: North Carolina Deputies Make Strange Discovery During Traffic Stop
Authorities found 47 one-liter soda bottles filled with an estimated $10 million worth of methamphetamine during a traffic stop Monday in North Carolina, WRAL reported.
Two men have been arrested and face charges of drug trafficking after authorities found 47 bottles of liquid that tested positive for methamphetamine in their car
The two men driving the 2010 Dodge Charger which contained 81 pounds of the drug now face charges of trafficking meth.
A Wake County deputy stopped the car on a highway on a window tint violation and noticed the smell of marijuana, according to police. After an investigation that included a drug-sniffing dog, the narcotics were discovered by a K-9 team. The 47 soda bottles contained a liquid that tested positive for meth.
Russell Stanley Lagos-Carmona, the driver, was charged with “trafficking methamphetamine by transportation, trafficking methamphetamine by possession, conspiracy to traffic methamphetamine and maintaining a controlled substance in a vehicle,” according to WRAL.
He was also served with an outstanding warrant for failure to appear and was being held in Wake County Jail on Wednesday under a $500,000 bond.
The only passenger in the car, Brayan Sanchez Acosta, 33, of Albertson, attempted to flee the scene on foot but was apprehended. Acosta, who also goes by the name Felipe Renteria-Gomez, was treated for minor injuries he sustained while fleeing authorities.
He was then charged with “trafficking methamphetamine by transportation, trafficking methamphetamine by possession, conspiracy to traffic methamphetamine and resisting, obstructing and delaying a public official.” As of Wednesday, he was being held under a $1 million bond.
The incident comes after similar meth-related arrests were made last month, also in Wake County. Deputies found 51 pounds of meth in a 2008 Honda that was pulled over for speeding, ABC11 reported.
The car’s three occupants were arrested and charged with drug trafficking; the meth discovered amounted to more than $6.5 million in street value, authorities said.
Wake deputies say meth seizure worth $10 million
RALEIGH — A car that was pulled over on U.S. 264 in Knightdale on Monday for having improperly tinted windows contained 81 pounds of liquid methamphetamine worth more than $10 million, according to the Wake County Sheriff’s Office.
Deputies stopped a Dodge Charger on eastbound U.S. 264 on Monday afternoon because they thought its windows appeared to be tinted darker than state law allows, said sheriff’s spokesman Capt. James Stevens.
After deputies said they smelled marijuana inside the car, a drug-sniffing dog was brought to the scene and indicated an odor of narcotics, giving authorities cause to search the car, Stevens said Wednesday.
In the back seat of the Charger, deputies found 47 1-liter plastic soda bottles filled with what tests showed was methamphetamine, Stevens said.
The driver of the car, Russell Stanley Lagos-Carmona, and a passenger, Felipe Renteria Gomez, were charged with two counts of trafficking in methamphetamine and with conspiring to traffic in the drug. Lagos-Carmona, 20, was charged with maintaining a vehicle for keeping and selling drugs.
Gomez, 33, also was charged with resisting an officer. Stevens said Gomez tried to flee from officers and was hurt by the time officials got him into custody, so he was taken to WakeMed in Raleigh for treatment. He was formally charged after he was released.
Gomez was being held for federal immigration authorities after a computer check indicated he twice entered the U.S. illegally.
Gomez and Lagos-Carmona are from Albertson in Duplin County.
Lagos-Carmona was being held in lieu of $500,000 bail after a first court appearance Tuesday. Gomez was being held in lieu of $1 million bail pending a court appearance Wednesday.
The Knightdale arrest came less than a month after drug investigators charged three people with having 51 pounds of methamphetamine in a car that deputies stopped on Interstate 40 in Cary.
Moises Orduno, 34, of Houston, Sandra Danissa Hernandez, 22, of Norcross, Ga., and Amall Judeth Murillo, 21, of Gwinnett, Ga., were charged Oct. 11 with trafficking in methamphetamine and conspiracy to traffic in it.
In that case, deputies said they had stopped the car for speeding.