$90M worth of liquid meth found in semi-truck fuel tank in NC

LINDEN, N.C. -- Investigators in North Carolina seized a semi-truck truck on Saturday that had $90.8 million worth of liquid methamphetamine in the driver's side fuel tank.

The truck was being handled by 49-year-old Raul Topete Arreola and 48-year-old Aquileo Perez Pineda. Each man was charged with three counts of trafficking methamphetamine.

In total, there were 120 gallons of liquid meth in the tank, which, according to Harnett County Sheriff Wayne Coats, could be converted into 454 kilograms of crystal meth. The liquid meth was estimated to have a street value of almost $91 million.

The fuel tank that stored the methamphetamine.

The semi-truck involved was a 2009 Peterbilt. It was seized near the 100 block of Will Lucas Road in Linden.

The two suspects were booked into the Harnett County Detention Center. Their bail was set at $3 million.

An immigration detainer has been issued for Pineda and ICE is looking into the immigration status of Arreola.
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