Canadian who tried to cross border with oxycodone hidden in pants gets 13 months in federal prison

By Judy Harrison, BDN Staff
Posted July 25, 2012, at 10:05 a.m.

BANGOR, Maine — A Canadian man arrested last year with oxycodone in his pants was sentenced Tuesday in U.S. District Court to 13 months in federal prison on a drug charge.

Mario Levesque, 41, of New Brunswick was arrested Dec. 2 when he attempted to cross the border at Limestone with 230 oxycodone pills hidden in two plastic baby bottle liners and stuffed down his pants, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

He pleaded guilty to importation of oxycodone in February.

Levesque crossed the border shortly before 1 p.m. Dec. 2 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-shaped object about 3 inches long and 2 inches in diameter, which turned out to be the baby bottle liners, tightly wrapped in what appeared be green masking tape, according to the complaint filed Dec. 5 in federal court in Bangor.

Levesque told investigators he received a phone call on Dec. 2 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.

Information about whether others were changed in connection with Levesque’s smuggling attempt were not available Wednesday morning.

Levesque faced up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $1 million.

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