BANGOR, Maine — A Canadian man was arrested Friday at the Fort Fairfield Port of Entry after oxycodone pills were found sewn into the waistband of his pants, according to court documents.
Troy Spittle, 38, of Perth, New Brunswick, was charged with importation of oxycodone, a highly addictive painkiller.
He made his first appearance Monday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Margaret Kravchuk in federal court in Bangor. She ordered that he be detained temporarily.
The judge scheduled a bail hearing for Friday. Because Spittle is a foreigner, it would be unusual for Kravchuk to grant bail.
Spittle drove his 1997 Dodge Dakota pickup into the Fort Fairfield border crossing station about 2:30 p.m. Friday, according to court documents. He told a U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer that he was headed to an auto parts store.
Spittle was referred for a secondary inspection after his breathing became shallow and rapid as a narcotics detection dog was making its way around the vehicle, according to court documents.
As part of the secondary inspection, an officer did a pat-down of Spittle and he felt “many small objects inside the waist line seam of [his] pants,” an affidavit stated. When asked what they were, Spittle at first said he did not know, then admitted they were oxycodone pills.
Investigators found 23 80-milligram oxycodone tablets hidden in Spittle’s clothing, according to court documents.
Spittle told investigators that he had been smuggling pills into Maine once a month for the past 1½-2 years. He said he sold the pills to support his own addiction. If convicted, Spittle faces up to 20 years in federal prison and a fine of up to $250,000.