Authorities in Georgia busted a Texas couple transporting 30 pounds of liquid methamphetamine believed to be linked to a “prominent Mexican cartel” on Saturday.
Newnan Police officials say 30-year-old Rafael De La Cruz and his wife, 29-year-old Abigail Valles, both residents of Laredo, Texas, were taken into custody on drug trafficking charges.
According to the Newman Times-Herald, officers responded to calls of a suspicious vehicle in a Walmart parking lot on Saturday afternoon.
The town had experienced an increase in car break-ins, prompting officers to approach the driver of the vehicle identified as Rafael De La Cruz.
During questioning, officers said Cruz acted nervously but gave consent to search his vehicle.
Officers found a black duffel bag in the back seat containing 24 Lipton Green Tea bottles filled with a liquid substance, which later tested positive for methamphetamine.
Valles admitted to investigators they had been previously busted for drug trafficking on three occasions, the most recent occurring in the past few weeks on the border in Laredo.
Cruz told officers that the liquid methamphetamine originated in Mexico, supplied by the Sinaloa Cartel.
An arrest report indicates that the couple received a $5,000 payment to transport the drugs from Texas to an individual in Sandy Springs, Georgia.
Additionally, Cruz told investigators he had a bad feeling about getting caught and sought a dumpster to dispose of the meth.
Authorities subsequently charged Cruz and Valles and transported the couple to the Coweta County Jail where they remain in custody without bail.