Calais, Maine. - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at the Calais International Avenue port of entry last week arrested a Canadian male for allegedly attempting to smuggle more than 2000 methamphetamine pills into the United States as he was traveling to Massachusetts to celebrate Thanksgiving.
"This seizure was due to the experience and attention to detail demonstrated by CBP officers working the primary inspection booths," said Assistant Area Port Director Michael Hodson. "As a result 2002 pills have been taken off our streets and out of the hands of those trying to make a profit from criminal activity in our communities."
The seizure was made on Nov. 22, Thanksgiving Day, when a 49-year-old Canadian man, Charles Joseph Maillet, entered the Calais International Avenue port of entry and presented a Trusted Traveler FAST card that had recently been revoked by CBP. CBP officers referred the vehicle to secondary for further inspection and a thorough examination was conducted, revealing two white pills under the vehicle's front seat. A CBP K-9 was summoned and alerted to multiple locations in the vehicle. Subsequently CBP officers seized four packages containing the same white pills initially found under the vehicle's seat, weighing a total of 2.36 pounds, and testing positive for methamphetamine.
CBP officers took custody of the male suspect. He was then turned over to special agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations to face federal drug smuggling charges.
This case is being prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Maine.
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.