The Bensalem Police say they netted 8 kilograms in meth headed for Bucks County this weekend.
Officers conducted a traffic stop on a Chevrolet SUV on Street Road Saturday. The department had received information about the vehicle from the Drug Enforcement Agency.
It ended with them taking Jerimias Donis-Garcia, 54, into custody.
A nine-year-old K-9 officer named chief detected the drugs in the vehicle. Once they obtained a search warrant, officers brought the vehicle back to police headquarters.
Investigators then spent several hours taking it apart. Eventually, their mechanic found a secret compartment under the backseats containing the contraband.
The mechanic only found the compartment thanks to an extra wire near the steering wheel. When the wire received power from an external source, the hidden compartment popped open.
“We’ve done this numerous times, so we know how to strip a car down as far as we can,” said Bensalem Public Safety Director Fred Harran.
Garcia, of Maryland, was driving up from Mexico, according to police. The alleged meth was likely intended for distribution throughout the area including Bucks County, Philadelphia, and Montgomery County.
Police conservatively estimated the wholesale value of the meth at $1.6 million. Harran said it would likely sell for more than $3 million on the streets once it had been divided up.
A district judge arraigned Garcia and set bail at 10 percent of $1.5 million. He will remain in Bucks County Correctional Facility.