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Sheriff: $90M worth of crystal meth found in fuel tank in Harnett County

Posted May 20, 2018 7:21 a.m. EDT
Updated January 13, 2020 6:46 a.m. EST

— Officials on Saturday discovered 120 gallons of liquid methamphetamine stored in a fuel tank in a semi-truck in Harnett County.

According to the Harnett County Sheriff's Office, the driver, 49-year-old Raul Topete Arreola, and another man, 48-year-old Aquileo Perez Pineda, were each charged with three counts of trafficking methamphetamine.

The liquid would be converted to approximately 454 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine, said Sheriff Wayne Coats. When converted, the kilograms of crystal methamphetamine would have a street value of $90.8 million.

Officials on Saturday discovered 120 gallons of liquid methamphetamine stored in a fuel tank in a semi-truck in Cumberland County.

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The methamphetamine was located in the fuel tank of Arreola's 2009 Peterbuilt semi-truck, which officials seized near the 100 block of Will Lucas Road in Linden.

The suspects were placed in the Harnett County Detention Center under a $3 million bond. The investigation is ongoing.

Officials said an immigration detainer has been issued for Pineda, and ICE is looking into the immigration status of Arreola at his time of release.