May 22, 2018
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County woman pleads guilty to smuggling oxycodone

By Judy Harrison, BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — A Fort Fairfield woman waived indictment Monday in U.S. District Court in Bangor and pleaded guilty to smuggling oxycodone pills across the border in a body cavity a year ago.

Corinna Sawyer, 39, was released on $5,000 unsecured bail after pleading guilty to importation of controlled substances, according to court documents.

Her sentencing date has not been set.

Sawyer was stopped at the Fort Fairfield port of entry on May 6, 2009, after the Royal Canadian Mounted Police gave agents at the Houlton office of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement a tip the Canadians had received about Sawyer, according to court documents.

The woman was taken to the Cary Medical Center in Caribou after she showed signs of medical distress consistent with withdrawal from prescription drugs during questioning. Sawyer allegedly told medical personnel that she was addicted to the painkiller and had obtained the pills illegally after her doctor refused to prescribe any more for her.

When Sawyer asked to go to the bathroom, a female Customs and Border Protection officer accompanied her and succeeded in retrieving the evidence before Sawyer was able to dispose of it, according to court documents.

The plastic bag the officer recovered contained 58 80-milligram oxycodone pills.

Sawyer faces up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $1 million. In a plea agreement with prosecutors, Sawyer agreed not to appeal her sentence as long as she is not incarcerated for more than 18 months.

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