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.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.