Canadian in custody on charges of smuggling oxycodone pills

Posted Sept. 14, 2009, at 8:38 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — A Canadian man made his first appearance Monday in U.S. District Court on charges of smuggling 104 oxycodone pills into the country in his body.

James Mills, 30, of Lubec and Campobello Island, New Brunswick, apparently swallowed a condom full of pills sometime Thursday or Friday.

Mills was stopped about 6:45 p.m. Friday at the Lubec border crossing, according to court documents. Agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement received a tip from an informant that he would be smuggling drugs he had obtained in St. Andrews, New Brunswick.

When first interviewed by agents, according to ICE, Mills denied he was smuggling drugs. After the interview, he was taken to Calais Regional Hospital, according to court documents, where he was handcuffed to a bed and told that he would remain there until he had to go to the bathroom.

Shortly after 8 a.m. Saturday, Mills consented to an X-ray, according to court documents. He passed the pills less than an hour later.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Margaret Kravchuk on Monday ordered that Mills be held without bail until a detention hearing, scheduled for Friday morning in federal court in Bangor.

If convicted, Mills faces up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $1 million.

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