That’s worth about $266,000, according to the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP).
But a CBP dog alerted officers to the 2004 Chevrolet Silverado’s gas tank. Agents removed the tank for search and found “an unusual liquid substance that began to crystalize,” CBP said.
“Officers field-tested the substance receiving a positive indication for the properties of methamphetamine,” the agency said.
The man was arrested and turned over to US Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents. Authorities did not release his name. The agency seized the vehicle and the meth.
“Drug trafficking organizations have one goal in mind, which is to get their product across,” Officer in Charge Sergio Beltran said in a statement. “Concealing narcotics in gas tanks is one tactic and by utilizing our layered enforcement, we were able to stop this before it plagued our communities.”