Canadian woman pleads guilty to smuggling meth across border

Posted June 20, 2012, at 12:59 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — A Canadian woman pleaded guilty Wednesday in U.S. District Court to smuggling nearly 800 methamphetamine pills across the border.

Patricia Smith, 24, of Perth Andover, New Brunswick, was arrested Feb. 9 after the pills were found hidden in her car at the Bridgewater Port of Entry, located north of Houlton.

Caleb Jewett, 20, of Mars Hill was arrested with Smith. Both were charged with importation of 50 grams of more of a mixture or substance containing methamphetamine, and aiding and abetting the importation. Fifty grams equals 1.75 ounces of the drug.

Jewett pleaded guilty to the charge last month. Smith pleaded guilty Wednesday.

Their sentencing dates have not been set.

Both have been held without bail since their arrests.

Smith and Jewett were referred for a secondary inspection about 8:30 p.m. Feb. 9 on a tip that they were involved in cross-border drug smuggling, according to court documents.

With the help of narcotics-detection canine Dorsta, 786 methamphetamine pills were found hidden in the rear doors on the passenger and driver’s side, according to the prosecution version of events to which the two pleaded guilty.

Jewett admitted that the pills were his, that he had paid $3 each for them and obtained them through Smith in Canada. He also said that he hid them in the door panels, according to the complaint filed in U.S. District Court the day after their arrest.

Each faces a mandatory minimum of five years and a maximum of 40 years in prison and a fine of up to $5 million. In their plea agreements with federal prosecutors, Smith and Jewett waived their rights to appeal their sentences to the 1st U.S. Court of Appeals in Boston if they are five years long or less.

In addition to prison time, Smith could be prohibited from re-entering the U.S.

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