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Texas Deputy and canine partner intercept $6M in liquid meth during traffic stop

March 2, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Texas Deputy and canine partner intercept $6M in liquid meth during traffic stop

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A sheriff’s deputy in Texas and his K-9 partner busted two Mexican nationals carrying $6 million worth of liquid meth concealed in the fuel tank of their vehicle.

On Monday, Fayette County Sheriff’s Department Sergeant Randy Thumann pulled over the driver of the Chevrolet Tahoe for several traffic violations, Lieutenant David Beyer with the sheriff’s office revealed.

After Sergeant Thumann conducted the traffic stop, he noticed several criminal signals when talking to the driver and the passenger. The Fayette County deputy asked to search the vehicle, and the occupants provided their consent. K-9 officer Lobos signaled to the presence of narcotics during the search.

The deputy and his canine further investigated and discovered a false compartment inside the gas tank. In the receptacle was approximately $6,000,000 (street value) of liquid meth concealed inside.

Liquid meth oil discovered during a traffic stop on I-10 by Fayette County Sgt. Randy Thumann and K-9 Lobos on Feb. 26, 2018 (Fayette County Sheriff’s Office Photo)

According to KXAN, the deputy also discovered 60 kilos of meth in the tank.

Thumann took the two Mexican nationals into custody, who have been identified as Miguel Angel Lozano Alvarez, 35, and Alma Rosario Nieto Villarreal, 24.

The pair have been charged with possessing a controlled substance and were booked into the Dan R. Beck Justice Center in La Grange.

Alvarez is behind bars on a $50,000 bond. A $10,000 bond was set for Villarreal. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials have been notified and are working with Sergeant Thumann.

Interstate 10 is a major roadway for drug trafficking and human smuggling and connects El Paso, San Antonio, and Houston.

Fayette County Sheriff Keith Korenek made drug enforcement a top priority for his unit when he was first elected in 2004.

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