Wake deputies find 47 bottles filled with meth

Total street value of drug estimated to be more than $10 million.
November 6, 2013 8:35:46 PM PST
The Wake County Sheriff's Office says a man's tinted windows led them to more than $10 million worth of methamphetamine.

Deputies stopped 20-year-old Russell Stanley Lagos Carmona on U.S. Highway 264 East in Knightdale Monday around 5 p.m. for a window tint violation.

But inside the Dodge Charger he was driving, they found 47 one-liter soda bottles filled with liquid methamphetamine. Deputies say the bottles of the illegal - and highly addictive - drug were in the car's back seat.

Carmona and his passenger, Felipe Renteria Gomez, are now charged with drug trafficking.

The bust came less than a month after deputies arrested three on Interstate 40 in Cary. It was a traffic stop for speeding that seized about $7 million worth of meth.

The busts have local authorities asking questions about whether they our area is becoming a possible drug pipeline.

Wake County Sheriff Donnie Harrison says we're more likely to see meth in rural parts of the state, but he admitted catching traffickers passing through Wake County can sometimes be the luck of the draw.

"You know, it's like going fishing," said Harrison. "Sometime they bite and sometime they don't."

Where the meth is headed, Harrison doesn't know.

Last year's SBI data shows a lot of meth is produced in rural counties in the western part of the state with the most labs in Wilkes County.

Wake recorded six labs. Neighboring Johnston County had 15.

"What we would like to find out, number one: where's it coming from and number two: where is it going," said Harrison.

Recent busts reveal highways and interstates running through Wake County could be turning into major trafficking arteries.

"We do look at that 64 and 40 and those major highways is sort of a pipeline," said Harrison. "The main thing is if we can keep getting it off the streets. I'm a happy man."

The sheriff said there are things deputies look for when they make traffic stops, but didn't outline what those things were. He did say that good police work always uncovers more.  

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