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Smuggler had 3M Crate of Fentanyl Shipped to Restaurant

A man in Maine who has a prior federal conviction from a cocaine distribution charge in the summer of 2007 has been arrested for another drug crime after a crate of fentanyl allegedly addressed to him was delivered to a local restaurant.

On May 28, a restaurant in Auburn, Maine received a package from Arizona. They had recently ordered cups for the establishment and believed that the delivered wooden crate contained the drinkware from the order.

It was reported that when the package was opened, the employees saw a tote bag made of plastic. They looked inside the bag and found what appeared to be a large quantity of illegal narcotics.

The restaurant workers notified the authorities about the situation.

The Auburn Police Department began to investigate the report, and they learned that the crate had a man’s name on the shipping label.

According to reports, the authorities believed the contents of the crate was holding fentanyl, and the estimated value of the narcotics was over $3 million.

Several hours later, a man went into the restaurant and inquired whether they had received the package.

The police intercepted and identified the inquirer as the man whose name was on the shipping label. They believed he had the crate shipped to him using the restaurant’s address.

The man, who was convicted of cocaine distribution in August 2007, was placed under arrest and booked into the Androscoggin County Jail. He is facing charges for suspicion of aggravated illegal importation of scheduled drugs, aggravated trafficking of scheduled drugs, and violation of conditional release. He is currently being held without bail.

If you or someone you love is suspected of a drug-related offense, contact Orange County criminal defense lawyer Staycie R. Sena at (949) 477-8088 for a consultation now.

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