Canadian caught smuggling 180 pounds of Xanax over border with sled
A man is being charged with smuggling 182 pounds of the anxiety drug aprazolam, better known as Xanax, over the United States border on a sled.
Cedrick Bourgault-Morin,21, of Quebec, has been charged with possession and intent to distribute the drug.
The sled-riding pill-pusher had attempted to cross the U.S. border into Vermont during the wee hours of Wednesday morning via railroad tracks when Border Control caught wind of his presence, according to WMUR 9. The rest reads like an action sequence from a hunted man thriller.
Three United States Border Patrol agents responded to the area. One agent tracked footprints in the snow from the border, while two others positioned themselves south of the suspected smuggler.
The southern agents observed Bourgault-Morin wearing white camouflage clothing, and walking on the tracks. Bourgault-Morin was pulling a sled behind him, loaded with a large object wrapped in white camouflage.
Once agents spotted him, Bourgault-Morin tried to hide his contraband in the snow but was quickly descended on by agents.
The large object he’d been transporting by sled was found to be a duffel bag holding “300 vacuum-sealed plastic bags containing pills” believed to be Xanax. The haul weighed 182 pounds and had an estimated value of $1.6 million. Bourgault-Morin could face a $250,000 fine or up to 5 years in prison if convicted.