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San Luis CBP Nabs Smuggler with $324K of Methamphetamine

Release Date: 
April 25, 2014

SAN LUIS, Ariz. A 30-year-old, Phoenix-area man was arrested Wednesday for attempting to smuggle nearly 21 pounds of methamphetamine into the United States.

20 packages of crystal methamphetamine inside a gas tankU.S. Customs and Border Protection officers referred Juan Carlos Maduena-Penaloza, of Tolleson, for an inspection of his Ford truck.  After a narcotics detection canine alerted to the presence of drugs in the vehicle, officers removed 20 packages of crystal methamphetamine from the gas tank.  The drugs, worth nearly $324,000, and vehicle were seized. Maduena was turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.