• Police: 2 arrested with liquid meth in Walmart parking lot

    By: Dave Huddleston


    COWETA COUNTY, Ga. - Two people have been arrested after police said they found them carrying liquid meth in Coweta County. 

    Police said Rafael de la Cruz, 30, and his wife Abigail Valles drove from Laredo, Texas, and were arrested Saturday in a Walmart parking lot in Newnan. 

    They had 24 Lipton green tea bottles filled with liquid meth in their possession, according to police.

    The suspects said they were supposed to deliver the drugs to metro Atlanta.

    "They had been paid $5,000 to take it to Sandy Springs," Newnan police chief Douglas Meadows said.

    The couple told police they had bad feelings about the trip.


    "They were going around the back of the store looking for a dumpster to throw it in because he had a bad feeling that they were going to get caught," Meadows said.

    De la Cruz and Valles are in the Coweta County Jail and have been charged with trafficking meth. 

    Meadows said he's glad the drugs are off the street, and that the suspects didn't get a chance to dump them for someone to mistakenly drink.

    "Some homeless person could grab one and drink it thinking it was green tea. They would be dead in a little bit," he said.

    Valles told police she and her husband had been caught three other times for drug trafficking. She also told police they were transporting the drugs for a Mexican cartel.

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