Police seize $2 million in liquid meth during traffic stop
AUSTIN, Texas (KEYE) -- Austin Police say they found 75 pounds of liquid crystal methamphetamine during a traffic stop on I-35 last week.
According to police, a 2013 Dodge Avenger was pulled over in the 5400 block of N. I-35 around 11:23 p.m. for speeding on July 12.
Members of APD's Criminal Interdiction team are trained to look for suspicious tactics used by cartels to move drugs across the state. Officers say they became suspicious of the driver, 23-year-old Seline Lizeth Ayala of Laredo after her story didn't add up.
"She was acting nervous, her stories where she was coming from and where she was traveling to were very contradictory," said Lt. Robert Richman with APD's organized crime unit.
APD K9 Emma alerted officers to the presence of narcotics, after which they found approximately 75 pounds of meth hidden inside large "Purple Power" degreaser jugs.
The street value of the meth is estimated at approximately $2 million.
Officers don't know where the drugs were headed, but say I-35 is a well-worn drug route.
"There's thousands and thousands of cars that pass through every day so it's a great corridor for them to use and we can't stop everybody," Richman said.
Ayala is from Laredo and Richman says the drugs are likely coming from across the border.
"Most of the liquid meth is coming from Mexico and is being smuggled over by the cartel," Richman said.
Ayala was arrested and faces up to 20 years in federal prison on drug trafficking charges.