RALEIGH — A car that was pulled over on U.S. 264 in Knightdale on Monday for having improperly tinted windows contained 81 pounds of liquid methamphetamine worth more than $10 million, according to the Wake County Sheriff’s Office.
Deputies stopped a Dodge Charger on eastbound U.S. 264 on Monday afternoon because they thought its windows appeared to be tinted darker than state law allows, said sheriff’s spokesman Capt. James Stevens.
After deputies said they smelled marijuana inside the car, a drug-sniffing dog was brought to the scene and indicated an odor of narcotics, giving authorities cause to search the car, Stevens said Wednesday.
In the back seat of the Charger, deputies found 47 1-liter plastic soda bottles filled with what tests showed was methamphetamine, Stevens said.
The driver of the car, Russell Stanley Lagos-Carmona, and a passenger, Felipe Renteria Gomez, were charged with two counts of trafficking in methamphetamine and with conspiring to traffic in the drug. Lagos-Carmona, 20, was charged with maintaining a vehicle for keeping and selling drugs.
Gomez, 33, also was charged with resisting an officer. Stevens said Gomez tried to flee from officers and was hurt by the time officials got him into custody, so he was taken to WakeMed in Raleigh for treatment. He was formally charged after he was released.
Gomez was being held for federal immigration authorities after a computer check indicated he twice entered the U.S. illegally.
Gomez and Lagos-Carmona are from Albertson in Duplin County.
Lagos-Carmona was being held in lieu of $500,000 bail after a first court appearance Tuesday. Gomez was being held in lieu of $1 million bail pending a court appearance Wednesday.
The Knightdale arrest came less than a month after drug investigators charged three people with having 51 pounds of methamphetamine in a car that deputies stopped on Interstate 40 in Cary.
Moises Orduno, 34, of Houston, Sandra Danissa Hernandez, 22, of Norcross, Ga., and Amall Judeth Murillo, 21, of Gwinnett, Ga., were charged Oct. 11 with trafficking in methamphetamine and conspiracy to traffic in it.
In that case, deputies said they had stopped the car for speeding.