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Two men are arrested after police discover $90M worth of crystal meth in a fuel tank

  • Raul Topete, 49, was arrested along with Aquileo Pineda, 48, on Saturday  
  • Officials discovered 120 gallons of meth stored in a fuel tank in a semi-truck
  • Both men were each charged with three counts of trafficking methamphetamine
  • When converted, the kilograms of meth would have a street value of $90.8M

Two men have been arrested after authorities discovered more than $90million worth of crystal methamphetamine in a fuel tank of a semi-truck in North Carolina.

Raul Topete, 49, and 48-year-old Aquileo Perez Pineda, were both arrested on Saturday after officers from the Harnett County Sheriff’s Office made the discovery.

Police said they seized a 2009 Peterbilt semi-truck that was driven by Topete, a Hispanic male from California, in Linden, North Carolina. 

Aquileo Perez Pineda

Raul Topete (left), 49, and 48-year-old Aquileo Perez Pineda (right), were both arrested on Saturday after North Carolina officers discovered more than $90million worth of meth in a fuel tank of a semi-truck

The seize led to the discovery of 120 gallons of liquid meth that was stored in the driver’s side fuel tank on the semi-truck. 

When converted the kilograms of crystal metha would have a street value of $90.8million.

Both suspects were placed in the Harnett County Detention Center under a $3million bond.

An immigration detainer has been issued for Pineda. ICE is looking into immigration status of Arreola. The investigation is still ongoing.

The discovery was made as part of a joint investigation that took place over the course of several months.  

According to a police statement, officers in Harnett County, Wake County and the North Carolina Bureau Investigation had been conducting the investigation into the transportation and trafficking of meth. 

The seize led to the discovery of 120 gallons of liquid meth that was stored in the driver’s side fuel tank (pictured) on the semi-truck. When converted the kilograms of crystal metha would have a street value of $90.8million

The seize led to the discovery of 120 gallons of liquid meth that was stored in the driver’s side fuel tank (pictured) on the semi-truck. When converted the kilograms of crystal metha would have a street value of $90.8million

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