Canadian man, woman face gun charges after wrong turn at Calais

Posted March 07, 2011, at 1:46 p.m.
Last modified March 07, 2011, at 4:10 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — A Canadian man and woman are facing federal gun charges after they allegedly took a wrong turn last week on their way to a party in Toronto and wound up at the Calais border crossing.

Rantel Carlin MaClean, 18, and Janaya Andrea Crawley, 22, both of Nova Scotia, are being held without bail after making their first appearances Friday in U.S. District Court in Portland. The hearing was held in Portland after the federal court in Bangor was closed for asbestos testing due to renovations.

Trial dates have not been set.

MaClean is charged with possession of a firearm by an illegal drug user or addict and possession of a firearm with an obliterated serial number.

Crawley is charged with possession of a firearm by an illegal drug user or addict.

The pair arrived at the Calais Port of Entry about 11 p.m. Wednesday, March 2, according to court documents. MaClean did not have any identification, but Crawley provided her Canadian driver’s license to agents.

They were referred for a secondary inspection after a border crossing agent smelled marijuana coming from the car, according to court documents. In Crawley’s purse, agents found a loaded Glock .45-caliber handgun and 15 purple pills. Under the passenger seat, agents found a 9 mm loaded Taurus handgun with an obliterated serial number.

Court documents do not explain why MaClean and Crawley felt they needed to travel with guns. Crawley allegedly told investigators she was holding the gun for another person.

In the three suitcases in the trunk of the car, agents found ammunition for both guns and 344 purple pills bearing a stamp of crossed pistols, which tested positive for Ecstasy, according to court documents.

In addition, agents found a bag of what appeared to be marijuana near Crowley’s groin during a pat-down of the woman, the court documents indicated.

“[MaClean] said that he had smoked three joints between [Saint] John, New Brunswick, and his arrival at the Port of Entry,” Special Agent Anthony Castellanos of the U.S. Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement wrote in the complaint filed in federal court. “He said that he and Crawley used Ecstacy and explained that he takes approximately ½ pill per hour and that Crawley takes a whole pill whenever her high goes down.”

MaClean allegedly told the agent that the pair uses 400 Ecstacy pills each month and were taking the pills found in the car to share with friends in Toronto.

If convicted, both face up to 10 years in federal prison and fines of up to $250,000 on the possession charges. In addition, MaClean faces up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000 for having a gun with an obliterated serial number.

Both defendants could be banned from re-entering the United States.

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