By Corey Bellam
On Monday a 47-year-old man was reportedly caught at the Canada-U.S. border (the Canaan crossing), attempting to cross with a hidden amount of cocaine with an estimated street value of $10.8 million dollars.
Stephane Boutin of Coaticook was intercepted at about 6 p.m. on April 6 by Canadian Border Services and was found to have in his vehicle a large amount of cocaine allegedly packed in among maple sugar products. Authorities found approximately 90 kilos or 190 pounds of cocaine.
Coaticook’s Le Progress reported that the arrest occurred “at the customs office of Hereford Road, Saint-Herménégilde,” and that he was reportedly “attempting to bring 93 kilograms of cocaine in the country” (Canada). It said that Boutin “was in possession of 52 packets of the drug.”
La Tribune reported that Boutin appeared on Tuesday before Judge Conrad Chapdelaine of the Court of Quebec to be charged with possession with the intent to traffic, as well as attempting to import cocaine illegally in Canada. The accused will be back in court next Friday.
The Federal Crime Prosecutor Alexandre Tardif opposed the release of Boutin until after the case. Boutin is represented by Attorney Michel Dussault of Sherbrooke.