Quebecer arrested after allegedly trying to cross U.S. border with sled full of pills
Cédrik Bourgault-Morin was apprehended early Wednesday after he crossed into Vermont on foot
A 21-year-old Quebec man is in police custody in Vermont for allegedly trying to smuggle more than 82 kilograms of prescription pills across the border into the United States on a sled.
The U.S. Attorney's Office says Cédrik Bourgault-Morin was apprehended around 1 a.m. Wednesday after he crossed the border from Quebec near Sutton along a railroad line into North Troy, Vermont.
Police say the route is a known pathway for smuggling between the two countries.
Prosecutors say Bourgault-Morin was wearing white camouflage and Border Patrol agents were alerted to his presence when he triggered a sensor.
They allege the agents caught him as he was trying to bury the sled in snow.
Prosecutors say agents found 300 vacuum-sealed bags of anti-anxiety Xanax pills in a duffel bag on the sled. They say the pills had a street value of $1.6 million.
Bourgault-Morin faces charges of possession with intent to distribute the pills, which are a schedule IV controlled substance in the United States.
If convicted, Bourgeault-Morin faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
with files from CBC News