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.
U.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.