Deputy discovers 13 pounds of meth in gas tank
May 16, 2013
On Monday, Deputy Al Barger and his K9 “Jack” were traveling northbound on Highway 101 on the Cuesta Grade when he noticed a car in front of him make several abrupt lane changes. He ran a check on the license plate and discovered the registration on the car had expired, so he pulled the driver over
Barger then discovered the driver, 32-year-old Maria Guadalupe Garcia of Anaheim, had a prior criminal history of transporting drugs. Barger asked Garcia if she had any drugs in the car and if he could search the vehicle. Garcia said yes and asked her three children to get out of the car.
Jack sniffed the car and indicated that drugs were present in the back seat area.
Barger noticed the back seat was loose so he took it out exposing a metal plate above the gas tank that was missing a screw. He then removed the metal plate and discovered 13 one-pound packages of methamphetamine with an estimated street value of $228,000 floating in the gas tank.
Deputies booked Garcia into the San Luis Obispo County Jail for possession of a controlled substance for sale, transporting a controlled substance and for three counts of child endangerment. Garcia’s bail is set at one million dollars.
Child Protective Services took custody of her three children, ages 15,12 and 5.