MDEA: Canadian citizens arrested at border with 4.6 pounds of cocaine

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Jermaine Phillips (Photo by Franklin County Detention Center)

COBURN GORE – Two Canadian citizens were arrested late last week after they allegedly entered the country with more than 4.6 pounds of cocaine.

Jermaine Phillips, 40, of Brampton in Ontario, Canada, and Shanna Brown, 37, of Cornwall, also in Ontario, were arrested and charged with aggravated trafficking, a Class A felony, after their vehicle was searched at the Coburn Gore-Woburn Border Crossing and drugs were reportedly discovered.

According to an affidavit filed with the Franklin County court system by Maine Drug Enforcement Agency Special Agent Nicholas Gulliver, he was contacted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Special Agent Kenneth Bradley on Nov. 12. Bradley told Gulliver that he and the U.S. Border Patrol interviewed Phillips and Brown after they entered the country. During that interview, a K-9 reportedly alerted on their vehicle’s trunk. A suitcase was discovered inside, containing 4.63 pounds of what law enforcement believed was cocaine, divided into two bricks. Both bricks were tested by the Border Patrol, with the results indicating the presence of cocaine HCL powder.

Per the affidavit, Phillips and Brown told Border Patrol that they accidentally came to the border crossing when their GPS directed them along that route. They said that they didn’t notice that they were entering the United States.

Shanna Brown (Photo by Franklin County Detention Center)

Gulliver arrested Phillips and Brown on trafficking charges that were aggravated due to the amount of cocaine allegedly transported. Both were taken to the Franklin County Detention Center in Farmington.

Per court documents, bail was set at $350,000 cash for Phillips and $100,000 for Brown.

Class A crimes carry up to a 30-year prison sentence in Maine.

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