Fort Fairfield woman sentenced to 6 months for smuggling oxy

Posted Dec. 09, 2010, at 2:33 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 30, 2011, at 11:31 a.m.

BANGOR, Maine — A Fort Fairfield woman was sentenced to six months in federal prison on Wednesday for smuggling oxycodone pills across the border in a body cavity last year.

Corinna Sawyer, 39, also was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Bangor to three years of supervised release and ordered to pay a $500 fine.

U.S. District Judge John Woodcock ordered her to report to prison on Jan. 24.

Sawyer has been free on $5,000 unsecured bail since May, when she waived indictment and pleaded guilty to importation of controlled substances.

Sawyer was stopped at the Fort Fairfield port of entry on May 6, 2009, after the Royal Canadian Mounted Police gave agents at the Houlton office of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement a tip the Canadians had received about Sawyer, according to court documents.

The woman was taken to the Cary Medical Center in Caribou after she showed signs during questioning of medical distress consistent with withdrawal from prescription drugs. Sawyer allegedly told medical personnel that she was addicted to the painkiller oxycodone and had obtained the pills illegally after her doctor refused to prescribe any more for her.

When Sawyer asked to go to the bathroom, a female Customs and Border Protection officer accompanied her and succeeded in retrieving the evidence before Sawyer was able to dispose of it, according to court documents.

The plastic bag the officer recovered contained 58 80-milligram oxycodone pills.

Sawyer faced up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $1 million. In a plea agreement with prosecutors, she agreed not to appeal her sentence as long as she was not incarcerated for more than 18 months.

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