BANGOR, Maine — A Canadian man arrested arrested Thanksgiving Day at the Calais border crossing with more than 2,000 methamphetamine pills hidden in his truck was sentenced Wednesday in U.S. District Court to 10 years in prison, the mandatory minimum, on a drug charge.
Charles Maillet, 50, of Dieppe, New Brunswick, pleaded guilty in January to importation of 500 grams or more of a mixture or substance containing methamphetamine and aiding and abetting the same, according to information posted on the court system’s electronic case filing system.
In addition to prison time, U.S. District Judge John Woodcock sentenced Maillet to five years of supervised release after he completes his prison term. The Canadian is expected to be deported rather than being under supervised release.
Maillet told officers about 6:30 a.m. Nov. 22 that he was headed to Massachusetts to celebrate the holiday but presented a Canadian travel identification card that had been revoked, according to a previously published report. Maillet was referred for a secondary inspection.
After two white pills were found under the front seat, officials searched the vehicle and found four packages containing a total of 2,000 pills hidden in the vehicle, according to court documents.
Maillet told police he was a long haul trucker and used the pills to stay awake.
“This seizure was due to the experience and attention to detail demonstrated by CBP officers working the primary inspection booths,” Assistant Area Port Director Michael Hodson said in the press release issued the day after Maillet’s arrest. “As a result, 2,002 methamphetamine pills have been taken off our streets and out of the hands of those trying to make a profit with criminal activity in our communities.”
Maillet was held without bail at the Somerset County Jail in East Madison since his arrest. The time will be credited toward his sentence.
The Canadian faced a minimum mandatory sentence of 10 years in prison and a maximum of life. He also could have been ordered to pay a fine of up to $10 million.