Pair arrested for drug smuggling

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Pair arrested for drug smuggling

By Kathy McCarty

Staff Writer

    BRIDGEWATER — A local man and a Canadian woman are facing federal drug charges after they were arrested at the Bridgewater port of entry as they attempted to smuggle methamphetamine across the border in their vehicle.

    Caleb Jewett, 20, of Mars Hill, and Patricia Smith, 24, of Perth Andover, New Brunswick, were arrested Friday, Feb. 10, when the illicit drug was discovered hidden in the vehicle’s door panels, according to a complaint field in U.S. District Court.

    Detention hearings to determine under what conditions they might be released were expected to take place this week. They were being held without bail until the hearings could take place.

    According to court documents, Jewett and Smith were referred for a secondary inspection around 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9, on a tip that they were involved in cross-border drug smuggling.

    The complaint indicated Dorsta, the narcotics-detection canine for the U.S. Border Patrol, was instrumental in discovering 786 methamphetamine pills hidden in the rear doors on the passenger and driver’s side of the automobile.

    Court records state Jewett allegedly admitted that the pills were his, that he paid $3 each for them and obtained them through Smith in Canada. He also reportedly told authorities he hid them in the door panels.

    The pair are charged with importation of 50 grams or more of a mixture or substance containing methamphetamine.

    Each faces a mandatory minimum of five years and a maximum of 40 years in prison and a fine of up to $5 million, if convicted.

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