FARMINGTON — A Canadian man who followed GPS directions to the Maine border with more than a pound of marijuana in his truck said in court Wednesday that he is never coming back to Maine, according to a prosecutor.
This trip cost Darrell Fudge, 54, of Newfoundland his 2003 Chevrolet Silverado truck, more than a pound of marijuana, a $400 fine and $90 in fees.
Fudge pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of unlawful trafficking and criminal forfeiture late Wednesday afternoon, Assistant District Attorney Andrew Robinson said.
A felony drug-trafficking charge was dismissed in a plea agreement with the state, he said.
Fudge was arrested Sunday at the border in Coburn Gore when he followed GPS directions for the shortest route from the Province of British Columbia to Newfoundland.
That took him to the port of entry to Maine.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection stopped Fudge and his truck. Officers inspected the truck and found more than a pound of marijuana under some ice in a cooler.
The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency and Maine State Police handled the case and arrested Fudge.
The forfeited truck will go to the Maine State Police either to use or auction off, Robinson said.
“We considered the consequences of losing the vehicle, and paying the fine and having a conviction as sufficient, given the facts of the case,” Robinson said.
Fudge, who did not have his passport with him, told the court he thought the checkpoint was a toll bridge, Robinson said.
“He indicated he was never coming back and he never intended to be here in the first place,” Robinson said.
Fudge was given a ride to the border on Wednesday.