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Cedrik Bourgault-Morin, Quebec Man, Charged With Smuggling Xanax On Sled Across U.S. Border

01/15/2016 12:40 EST | Updated 02/02/2016 10:59 EST

A snow-camouflaged Quebec man was arrested Wednesday after Vermont authorities found him pulling 182 pounds of Xanax on a sled across the U.S. border.

According to a release from the U.S. attorney’s office, Cedrik Bourgault-Morin was found by Vermont border agents near North Troy, an area known to be used by smuggling organizations.

Authorities say they received an alert after a sensor was triggered on area railroad tracks.

Border agents followed footprints in the snow from the Quebec-Vermont border and found Bourgault-Morin “pulling a sled behind him, loaded with a large object wrapped in white camouflage.”

The 21-year-old was arrested after agents observed him throwing snow over the sled in an attempt to hide it.

Prosecutors say 300 vaccum-sealed bags containing $1.6 million worth of Xanax were found inside a large duffle bag, strapped to the sled.

Bourgault-Morin, currently being held in a Vermont prison, has been charged with possession and intent to sell the anti-anxiety prescription drug.

He faces a $250,000 fine and up to five years in a U.S. jail.