Man to stay in jail on smuggling charge

By Judy Harrison, BDN Staff
Posted Oct. 27, 2008, at 9:43 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — The Canadian man arrested earlier this month with more than half a ton of marijuana in his commercial tractor-trailer agreed Monday in U.S. District Court to be held without bail pending the resolution of his case.

Bruno Rousselle, 35, of New Brunswick is charged with the importation of 100 kilograms or more of marijuana.

Rousselle was stopped at the Houlton border crossing on Oct. 16 headed for Massachusetts.

A trial date has not been set.

If convicted, he faces a minimum of five years and a maximum of 40 years in federal prison. He also faces a fine of up to $2 million.

According to court documents, Rousselle said he was approached to deliver a load of marijuana by his boss around Oct. 14. His boss is not named in the affidavit, which was filed in federal court in Bangor.

The defendant allegedly said he was told the load would be between 400 and 600 pounds, not the 1,064 pounds investigators recovered. The street value of the drugs was estimated at $2.5 million.

Rousselle told investigators that he was going to deliver the marijuana to Leominster, Mass., according to court papers.

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