Mars Hill man, Canadian woman facing federal drug charges

Posted Feb. 15, 2012, at 3:58 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — A Mars Hill man and Canadian woman are facing federal drug charges after being arrested last week at the Bridgewater Port of Entry, north of Houlton.

Caleb Jewett, 20, and Patricia Smith, 24, of Perth Andover, New Brunswick, were arrested early Friday after methamphetamine was found hidden in the door panels of their vehicle, according to a complaint filed in U.S. District Court.

They are being held without bail. Detention hearings to determine under what conditions they might be released are expected to be held next week.

The pair was referred for a secondary inspection about 8:30 p.m. Thursday 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 complaint.

Jewett allegedly admitted that the pills were his, that he 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.

Smith and Jewett are charged with importation of 50 grams or more of a mixture or substance containing methamphetamine.

If convicted, 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 addition, Smith could be prohibited from re-entering the U.S.

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