A Kansas car dealer was left stunned when he discovered the vehicle he had just purchased came with a lot more than he bargained for.
Aymen Halak, from Wichita, purchased the used Nissan Altima from an auction in Oklahoma City – something he had done many times before with no issues.
He told KAKE the car seemed fine until a test drive, when he realized there was a problem in the gas tank.
On further inspection, the car revealed a surprise Halak did not expect: nearly 30 pounds of illicit drugs.
‘I thought there wasn’t enough fuel. I bought a fuel pump, took the gas tank down to replace the fuel pump to find out it’s full of drugs,’ he told KAKE.
Police would later inform Halak the car was carrying 26 pounds of meth and one pound of heroin.
‘”Wow,” that’s what they said,’ Halak said of the officers’ reaction to finding the drugs.
The narcotics team told the car dealer the drugs had a street value of $300,000 to $400,000, according to KAKE.
Halak was then forced to deal with police for five hours at his dealership and for the whole day on the phone with Oklahoma City officers.
Although a customer was interested in buying the Nissan, police told Halak the car had to be dissembled.
A white 2012 Nissan Altima is listed for $8,999 on Halak’s dealership site, but DailyMail.com was unable to verify if it is the same vehicle.
Whether the auction house in Oklahoma City will reimburse Halak remains unclear.
As odd as the incident may seem, it appears hiding drugs in different areas of cars is the preferred modus operandi of drug traffickers.
According to the New York Times, the majority of drugs enter the country in vehicles through the U.S.-Mexico while hidden in secret compartments in door panels, gas tanks, the roof, tires and even engines.