Canadian couple accused of bringing $70,000 in drugs over the border

Posted Dec. 01, 2011, at 4:23 p.m.

FARMINGTON, Maine — A Newfoundland couple is in jail Thursday after Maine Drug Enforcement Agents say they found $70,000 worth of drugs in their car at the Coburn Gore border crossing.

The couple, Jason White, 40, and Amber Baird, 21, was using a GPS to find the quickest route back to Newfoundland, but didn’t know there was a U.S.-Canadian border crossing at Coburn Gore, where their vehicle was subject to search, according to Maine Department of Public Safety spokesman Steve McCausland.

During the search of the suspects’ BMW, officials found half a pound of cocaine and 1,875 ecstasy pills, according to McCausland. State Police arrested the couple and took them to the Franklin County Jail.

Baird was charged with trafficking in cocaine and ecstasy, possession of hashish, and illegal importation. She pleaded guilty Wednesday in Farmington and was sentenced to 30 days in jail and fined $5,000. White was charged with possessing cocaine and hashish and also pleaded guilty. He was fined $750 and forfeited his car.

McCausland said it’s typical for Canadians to travel through Maine to get from Quebec to the Maritime provinces.

“Most cars don’t have maps anymore, everybody relies on GPS,” he said. “That’s not the first time that’s happened.”

McCausland added the forfeited vehicle will likely be auctioned off.

Coburn Gore is located along Route 27, about an hour north of Sugarloaf. Federal agents from Customs and Border Protection and the Immigration and Customs Enforcement assisted with the seizure and arrests.

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