BANGOR, Maine — A former pharmacy technician from Fort Kent was sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court to five years of probation for attempting to import oxycodone into the country.
Carissa Dumont, 36, also was ordered to pay a $3,000 fine.
She pleaded guilty on March 30 to attempting to import a controlled substance into the U.S. Her sentencing hearing began that day but was continued until Monday.
Dumont had more than 400 pills of the highly addictive painkillers hidden in the lining of her purse when she attempted to cross the border at Madawaska on March 6, 2008.
She faced up to 20 years in federal prison and a fine of up to $1 million. Under the prevailing federal sentencing guidelines, the recommended sentence was between four years and nine months and nearly six years in federal prison.
U.S. District Judge John Woodcock said in sentencing Dumont that he was concerned that a prison sentence could be a death sentence because of her eating disorder, epilepsy, addictions and other health problems. He said that while being evaluated this past December and January at the Carswell Federal Medical Center, run by the U.S. Bureau of Prisons in Fort Worth, Texas, she lost 14 pounds and had a grand mal seizure.
Dumont claimed that while at the facility, she was not given her anti-seizure medication and was given laxatives regularly. Woodcock said he had nothing to counter her claims because the facility had lost her medical records.
Except for her limited incarceration, Dumont has been free on $5,000 unsecured bail. Conditions included residing at her parents’ home in Madawaska and undergoing substance abuse treatment.
Conditions of her five-year probation also include receiving treatment for her addictions and the eating disorder anorexia nervosa. She also may not possess alcohol or illegal drugs.
Dumont was stopped at the border about 9:15 p.m. March 6, 2008, according to court documents, and referred for a secondary inspection because she “was overly talkative, appeared to have ‘glossy’ eyes and displayed excessive hand movements.” She allegedly told border agents that she had gone to Canada to buy a chocolate Easter bunny but nothing else.
Two bottles that contained a total of 419 pills covered with material and other items were found during a search of her purse, according to court documents. One bottle was a prescription bottle with the name Robert Martin on it, and the other was an ibuprofen bottle.
Dumont said that she had forged a doctor’s signature on a prescription pad she stole from a clinic. She said that she had the prescriptions filled in Canada and paid cash for them, according to court documents.
Dumont also said that she had been using Martin’s name and another man’s birth date on the prescriptions for five or six years.
Dumont was employed as a pharmacy technician at the Rite Aid in Madawaska and earned about $400 a week until her arrest, according to court documents.