Canadian Arrested by CBP Officers in Maine

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CALAIS, Maine. —Last week, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers working at the Calais International Avenue port of entry arrested a Canadian male for allegedly attempting to smuggle 2,002 methamphetamine pills into the United States when he was traveling to Massachusetts to celebrate Thanksgiving Day.

“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, 2,002 pills have been taken off our streets and out of the hands of those trying to make a profit with criminal activity in our communities.”

The seizure was made on Thanksgiving Day when a Canadian man, Charles Joseph Maillet, 49, entered the Calais International Avenue port of entry presenting a Trusted Traveler FAST card which had recently been revoked by CBP.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 subsequently turned over to special agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) to face federal drug smuggling charges.

This case is being prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office, District of Maine.