MADAWASKA – Customs and border protection agents confiscated nearly 20 pounds of marijuana from a pickup truck attempting to enter the U.S. at the Madawaska port of entry last week.
While the pickup was being checked at a secondary inspection line at the rear of the border station, the owner of the truck, who was reportedly inside the port of entry building, walked away from the border station.
Theodore Woo, a spokesman for U.S. Customs and Border Protection at Boston, said Wednesday that 19.8 pounds of marijuana were found in the pickup truck.
The vehicle was entering the U.S. from Edmundston, New Brunswick.
“The investigation is continuing,” Woo said. He declined to answer other questions about the incident.
An examination of U.S. District Court papers at Bangor on Wednesday found no charges filed in connection with the incident.
Madawaska Police Chief Ronald Pelletier said he was asked Tuesday, Sept. 26, to be on the lookout for a Madawaska man who was the driver of the pickup truck.
On Tuesday night, Laurier Gagnon called Madawaska police, telling them he would turn himself in on Wednesday morning, Sept. 27, which he did.
Gagnon, a resident of Eleventh Avenue, was turned over to border officials later in the morning of Sept. 28.
Pelletier said Gagnon is a woods worker. The man, described as a low-key individual, was charged about 15 years ago with growing marijuana in Madawaska, according to Pelletier.
Pelletier said Gagnon and a roommate had a growing operation in their Madawaska apartment at the time. He has had no other brushes with local law enforcement officials since then, he said.