Hector Carmenate Vaillant: Miramar man accused of illegally transporting 280 gallons of gasoline

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. - Police said a Broward County man is accused of illegally transporting nearly 280 gallons of gasoline in his pickup truck.

On Dec. 3, officers witnessed Hector Carmenate Vaillant, 44, of Miramar, Fla., driving a pickup truck south on Interstate 95 in St. Lucie County near Crosstown Parkway.

Vaillant's truck was drifting from one lane to another and he was failing to maintain a single lane during his travel, according to police. 

Officers said when they approached Vaillant's truck and could smell a strong odor of gasoline coming from the cab of the pickup truck. 

During the traffic stop, officers located 13 five-gallon cans filled with gas in the cab of the pickup truck and two aluminum tanks filled with gasoline in the bed of the truck. 

Officers also found a make-shift fuel pump, a siphon and an electric pump that was concealed inside a small suitcase.

Investigation revealed that Vaillant obtained the gas in the Orlando area and was transporting the fuel to Miami. 

In total, officers removed 278 gallons of gas from Vaillant's pickup truck.  He was arrested and taken to the St. Lucie County Jail.

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