Canadian man faces federal charges after oxycodone allegedly found in pants

Posted Dec. 06, 2011, at 1:34 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — A Canadian man arrested last week with oxycodone in his pants made his first appearance Monday in U.S. District Court on a drug charge.

Mario Levesque, 41, of New Brunswick was arrested Friday when he attempted to cross the border at Limestone with 230 oxycodone pills stuffed down his pants, according to the complaint.

He was charged with importation of oxycodone.

Levesque crossed the border shortly before 1 p.m. Friday and was referred for a secondary inspection. During a pat-down of Levesque, an officer with U.S. Customs and Border Protection allegedly felt an abnormality in Levesque’s crotch area. The officer, according the complaint, asked Levesque “Is there anything in your groin area that should not be there?”

“Yes,” Levesque replied. The agent found a capsule-shape object about 3 inches long and 2 inches in diameter, tightly wrapped in what appeared be green masking tape, according to the complaint filed Monday in federal court in Bangor. The oxycodone pills allegedly were found inside the capsule.

Levesque told investigators he received a phone call Friday from “an unknown caller,” who directed him to a bench at a community center in Canada. He said that under the bench was a package and an envelope containing $300, according to the complaint. Levesque was supposed to deliver the package to an address in Caribou and keep the $300.

He did not enter a plea Monday but agreed to be held without bail until his case is resolved.

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

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