A Houston woman arrested by Baton Rouge police Monday after they confiscated 64 pounds of liquid methamphetamine from her suitcase on an Atlanta-bound bus was indicted by a federal grand jury, U.S. Attorney Walt Green said Friday.
Vanessa J. Hernandez, 34, was charged with one count of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.
Three dozen bottles of liquid meth were seized from Hernandez’s luggage after the commercial bus was stopped about 12:15 a.m. Monday on Interstate 12 between Airline Highway and Sherwood Forest Boulevard.
The drugs had an estimated value of $700,000, police have said.
Members of a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration task force stopped the bus for improper lane usage, according to a criminal complaint filed in Baton Rouge federal court.
A drug-sniffing dog, Ruckus, searched the bus and alerted police to at least one suitcase, police said. In it, police found numerous soda bottles filled with clear methamphetamine beneath a pile of clothes.
The driver of the Tornado Bus Co. vehicle told authorities the bus was coming from Houston and headed to Atlanta, the complaint says.
“Numerous drug investigations and prosecutions have revealed both Houston and Atlanta are well-known narcotics trafficking distribution hubs, and I-12 is a common narcotics trafficking route,” the complaint states.
Hernandez told DEA agents she received the meth from a man in Houston and was taking it to another man in Atlanta, according to the complaint.