Men arrested on ecstasy importing charges

PLATTSBURGH Two men have been charged with conspiracy to smuggle ecstasy into the country. According to a press release from acting U.S. Attorney Andrew T. Baxter, Canadian citizens Benoit Goyette and Daylan Adams were charged with conspiracy to import methylenedioxymethamphetamine, commonly referred to as ecstasy. Federal complaints were filed this week in U.S. District Court in Plattsburgh, the report said. Goyette and Adams were arrested Nov. 11 in Fort Covington. The affidavits in support of the complaints allege the arrest arose from the seizure of approximately 58,000 ecstasy pills from the spare tire area of a vehicle driven by Goyette while Adams operated a lead car looking for law enforcement. If convicted, the maximum possible penalties for Goyette and Adams include 20 years imprisonment and a $1,000,000 fine. On Nov. 12, Adams and Goyette had initial appearances in Plattsburgh before the Hon. Larry A. Kudrle, U.S. Magistrate Judge. The two are being held pending detention hearings before U.S. Magistrate Judge Randolph F. Treece in Albany. The hearing for Adams is scheduled for Monday, Nov. 17. Preliminary hearings for both defendants have tentatively been set for Wednesday, Nov. 26, in Albany. The investigation is being conducted by the U.S. Border Patrol and the Drug Enforcement Administration. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Daniel Gardner.

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