RANKIN COUNTY, Miss. (WJTV) -- The Rankin County Sheriff's Department arrested two men early Thursday morning after a traffic stop.
According to Sheriff Bryan Bailey, Deputy Robbie Sanders stopped a green Ford SUV for careless driving on I-20. The driver was identified as 20-year-old Jose Chavez, and the passenger was identified as 23-year-old Angel Martinez.
Sheriff Bailey said there were inconsistencies during the interview. He said the two men consented to a search of the car. A narcotics K9 alerted on the car, and it was taken to the Rankin County Sheriff's Office Shop where investigators found a false compartment in the fuel tank.
Deputies said they found 19 gallons of liquid methamphetamine inside the compartment. Both Chavez and Martinez are charged with aggravated trafficking on methamphetamine. They are being held in the Rankin County Jail.
Sheriff Bailey said the Department of Homeland Security also responded and assisted with the case. Investigators believe the methamphetamine originated from Mexico and was intended to be delivered to the Atlanta, Georgia area. Both suspects are United States citizens.
According to Sheriff Bailey, the retail value of the methamphetamine is more than one million dollars.
Both suspects are set to appear before District Attorney Michael Guest and Rankin County Court Judge Kent McDaniel for an initial appearance. There bond has not been set.