Amarillo, TX - The Texas Department of Public Safety made a traffic stop June 12, 2015, on I-40, yielding more than 33 lbs. of methamphetamine valued at more than $2.9 million along with more than $16,000 in cash.
At about 6:51 p.m., a DPS trooper made a traffic stop on a 1997 Nissan pickup traveling east on I-40 for a traffic violation near Bushland in Potter County.
The occupants in the Nissan were identified as Juan Ariel Carrillo, 22, of Kings Beach, Calif., and Pedro Santiago Gregorio, 22, of Mexico.
During the stop, the trooper found three bundles of cash in the luggage and 21 cellophane wrapped bundles of methamphetamine in the spare tire.
Carrillo and Gregorio were placed under arrest for possession of a controlled substance more than 400 grams, a first-degree felony, money laundering more than $1,500 but less than $20,000, a state jail felony, and both were booked into the Potter County Jail.
The drugs and cash were allegedly being transported from Phoenix to Tulsa, Okla.