APD finds about $2.6 million worth of liquid meth inside car’s gas tank

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Police car

Austin police seized about $2.6 million of liquid methamphetamines from a car that appeared to be traveling from Mexico in Central Austin Monday afternoon, officials said.

About 12:45 p.m. officers pulled over a 2004 white Ford Escape with Mexico license plates around the 10700 block of South Interstate 35 for a traffic violation, said Austin police Sgt. Greg White told reporters Wednesday. The driver, 45-year-old Maria Burmudez-Gutierrez, of Mexico, was heading northbound on I-35 to the Dallas metro area, White said.

Officers detected inconsistencies with Burmudez-Gutierrez’s story about her trip, so they requested to inspect her vehicle, White said. During the search, K-9 detected narcotics in the gas tank, he said. Officers then took the car to a city mechanic, who had the gas tank drilled and removed, finding 65 pounds of liquid crystal meth inside a separate partition inside the tank, White said.

Burmudez-Gutierrez was arrested and placed in Travis County Jail. She was later transferred to federal custody, White said.

The Drug Enforcement Agency is also investigating the incident, White said.

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