Crime

Harnett deputies seize over $90 million worth of meth hidden in semi-truck's fuel tank

Harnett County sheriff's deputies have seized more than 100 gallons of liquid methamphetamine hidden in a semi-truck's fuel tank.

According to local media outlets, deputies discovered 120 gallons of methamphetamine in a 2009 Peterbuilt truck near the 100 block of Will Lucas Road near Linden.

If the liquid were cooked into a crystallized form, the resulting 454 kilograms of crystal meth would carry a street value close to $90.8 million.

The truck's driver, Raul Topete Arreola, 49, and a second man, Aquileo Perez Pineda, 48, were arrested and charged with three counts of trafficking in methamphetamine.

The two were placed in the Harnett County Detention Center under $3 million bonds. The investigation is ongoing.

Colin Warren-Hicks: 919-419-6636, @CWarrenHicks
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