Canadian caught smuggling 281,307 Xanax near North Troy gets 1 year in prison

in News/North Troy

NEWPORT — Cedrick Bourgault-Morin, 22, of Quebec, Canada was sentenced this week for smuggling 281,307 pills Xanax into the United States.

The judge sentenced Bourgault-Morin to 12 months and 1 day of imprisonment, to be followed by one year of supervised release.

According to court records, at approximately 1:00 a.m. on January 13, 2016, three United States Border Patrol agents responded to the area of the international border near the village of North Troy.

Agents observed Bourgault-Morin wearing white camouflage clothing, and walking on the tracks. He was pulling a plastic sled behind him, loaded with a large object wrapped in white camouflage.

As he started to conceal the sled and its contents with snow, agents approached him, apprehended him, and seized the sled.

The agents discovered a large duffle bag on the sled.

A search of Bourgault-Morin’s person revealed he did not possess a wallet or any identification documents, no cellular telephone, or other common items.

Other than his clothing, the only item on him was a silver folding lock-blade knife.

Upon further inspection in Newport, agents discovered the duffle to contain 300 vacuum-sealed plastic bags, containing a total of 281,307 pills.

Each pill bore markings consistent with those used to identify Xanax, which is a brand name for Aprazolam.

Aprazolam is a benzodiazepine class of psychoactive drug typically prescribed as an anti-anxiety medication and a Schedule IV drug.

The 300 bags of pills weighed approximately 182.82 pounds and had a value of approximately $1.6 million.

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