Canadian charged with smuggling drugs into U.S. by sled
A 21-year-old Canadian man is facing federal drug smuggling charges that he walked more than 82 kilograms of prescription pills into the United States by pulling the load across the border into Vermont on a sled.
The Canadian Press
Published Thursday, January 14, 2016 4:59PM EST
Last Updated Thursday, January 14, 2016 5:12PM EST
BURLINGTON, Vt. -- Authorities say a Canadian man was arrested while pulling a sled carrying more than 82 kilograms of prescription pills across the border into the United States.
The U.S. Attorney's office says Cedrik Bourgault-Morin was apprehended early Wednesday after he crossed the border from Quebec along a railroad line into Vermont.
Prosecutors say Bourgault-Morin was wearing white camouflage and Border Patrol agents were alerted to his presence when he triggered a sensor.
Prosecutors say agents found 300 vacuum-sealed bags of Xanax pills in a duffel bag on the sled. Xanax is an anti-anxiety medication. They say the pills had a street value of US$1.6 million.
Bourgault-Morin was being held Thursday in a Vermont prison.
His attorney did not return a call seeking comment.