A Georgia repair shop owner has been arrested after federal agents discovered over a hundred pounds of liquid methamphetamine in the fuel tank of a semi truck at his business.
The raid took place on Friday, January 11, at a repair shop in Marietta, Georgia, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution.
After investigating the case since October, agents with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and the Cobb County Sheriff’s Office raided the repair shop and discovered 150 pounds of liquid methamphetamine stored in the fuel tank of a semi truck on the shop’s property.
Authorities say that there was enough liquid methamphetamine stored in the fuel tank to create 600 pounds of crystal methamphetamine, which has a street value of approximately $10 million.
Shop owner Roqulio Garcia, 45, was arrested and charged with drug trafficking. He is being held without bond at the Cobb County Jail.
Federal agents seized the semi truck.
Agents say that the day before the raid, they watched the semi truck arrive at the shop and saw drugs being offloaded by Garcia.
Garcia’s son Cristian Garcia denies many of the allegations against his father and says that a customer dropped off the truck at the shop. “He’s a good man — a hard-working man. How are they going to assume something if they don’t know? What proof do they have? That’s why we got a lawyer to prove he’s innocent,” he said.
Investigating officers say that they believe that Garcia has ties to criminal organizations in Mexico and that he had plans to build a meth lab.