May 27, 2018
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Canadian sentenced in drug case

By Judy Harrison, BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — A Canadian woman was sentenced Thursday in U.S. District Court in Bangor to a year and a day or time served in prison for bringing oxycodone pills across the border.

Elinor May Christie, 36, of St. Stephen, New Brunswick, was arrested in May 2008 at the Milltown border crossing near Calais after a confidential informant told officials with Immigration and Customs Enforcement that she would be smuggling oxycodone across the border, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Bangor.

When Christie was referred for a secondary inspection on May 9, 2008, agents found a bag containing 20 40-milligram oxycodone pills, according to court documents. She told investigators that she was delivering them to an address in Calais for another person, who was not identified.

Christie pleaded guilty Jan. 16 to the importation of oxycodone. The crime carries a sentence of up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $1 million. Under the prevailing federal sentencing guidelines, she faced 12 to 18 months in federal prison.

She has been held without bail since her arrest. Christie is expected to be returned to Canada before the end of the month.

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