The Baton Rouge Police Department confiscated three dozen bottles of liquid methamphetamine early Monday from the suitcase of a Houston woman who was en route to Atlanta on a commercial bus.
Police stopped the Tornado Bus Co. vehicle about 12:15 a.m. Monday on Interstate 12 between Airline Highway and Sherwood Forest Boulevard, Cpl. L’Jean McKneely, a police spokesman, said Tuesday afternoon.
A drug-sniffing dog, Ruckus, searched the bus and alerted police to at least one suitcase in particular. In it, police found numerous soda bottles filled with clear methamphetamine in liquid form below a pile of clothes, McKneely said.
It is nothing new for methamphetamine to be found in liquid form, McKneely said.
However, the department believes Monday’s seizure was one of the largest confiscations of liquid meth in the country, McKneely said.
Police arrested Vanessa Hernandez, 34, following the seizure of the drugs. Hernandez, of 10161 West Park Drive, Houston, Texas, was booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on counts of possession of Schedule II narcotics in excess of 400 grams.
The 36 bottles of liquid meth have an estimated value of $700,000, McKneely said.
The department declined to say exactly why the traffic stop was initiated. However, such traffic stops generally are done either following a tip of some kind or because police periodically check commercial passenger vehicles as they are sometimes used to transport drugs, McKneely said.
The bus driver consented to the search, McKneely said.