From the Daily News:
A Bronx man driving a van toting more than 400 gallons of gasoline was arrested Sunday, prompting an investigation into whether he’s part of a black market petrol ring, police sources said.
Mauro Navarro, 39, was behind the wheel of a gutted white 1996 Dodge Ram van when he was stopped by Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority Cops on the Whitestone Bridge.
He slowed down to go through the E-ZPass lane around 4:15 p.m. when TBTA Officer Richard Formato saw an expired 2010 inspection sticker on the window, police sources said.
TBTA Officer Giovanny Saravia then smelled a strong odor of gas wafting through the air and asked Navarro to open up the vehicle.
Tucked behind the driver's and front passenger's seats were two 55-gallon and one 300-gallon plastic drums filled with fuel, police sources said.
With a gallon of regular gas averaging $4 in the city, investigators have been vigilant against petroleum peddlers looking to cash in on soaring prices.