A woman faces federal charges after Austin police say they found $2 million worth of liquid methamphetamine in her car as she was traveling to Dallas with her 4-year-old daughter last week.
Seline Lizeth Ayala, 23, was speeding down Interstate 35 in Austin, Texas, when officers stopped her on July 12, police said. Another passenger and her daughter were also in the vehicle at the time, according to Fox 7 Austin.
Members of APD’s Criminal Interdiction team are trained to look for suspicious tactics used by cartels to move drugs across the state. Officers say they became suspicious of the driver, 23-year-old Seline Lizeth Ayala of Laredo after her story didn’t add up.
“She was acting nervous, her stories where she was coming from and where she was traveling to were very contradictory,” said Lt. Robert Richman with APD’s organized crime unit.
Officers requested assistance from APD’s K-9 unit, and Emma, the department’s narcotics dog led officers to three large jugs hidden inside the trunk and interior of the vehicle, which contained the stash of liquid crystal meth. The jugs originally contained “Purple Power,” a concentrated industrial cleaner and degreaser.
The street value of the meth is estimated at approximately $2 million.
Officers don’t know where the drugs were headed, but say I-35 is a well-worn drug route.
“There’s thousands and thousands of cars that pass through every day so it’s a great corridor for them to use and we can’t stop everybody,” Richman said.
Ayala is from Laredo and Richman says the drugs are likely coming from across the border.
“Most of the liquid meth is coming from Mexico and is being smuggled over by the cartel,” Richman said.
Ayala was arrested and faces up to 20 years in federal prison on drug trafficking charges.