BANGOR — A Wayne man has been sentenced to serve up to 33 months in prison for attempting to smuggle methamphetamine pills from Canada into the United States and for lying to a federal agency.

Victor Sousa, 25, was sentenced Tuesday by U.S. District Court Judge John A. Woodcock Jr. to serve 25 to 33 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release.

Court papers say that Sousa, who had been living in Calais at the time, traveled to Canada through Madawaska in July 2019, returning to the United States only a few hours later. As he returned, he was seen fidgeting with his pants and was stopped for a secondary inspection. Officers from U.S. Customs and Border Protection discovered 93 pills in his underwear that were confirmed to be a mixture of methamphetamine and caffeine, weighing 41.12 grams.

Sousa, who had been living in Calais at the time, admitted he had gone to Canada to buy the pills and pleaded guilty on Sept. 30, 2022.

While awaiting sentencing on drug smuggling charges, court papers say he was questioned by a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration task force officer about two people who were the subject of a federal narcotics investigation. Sousa denied knowing them, but later called one of them multiple times from jail. Court records further say Sousa had lived with that person, who had also supplied Sousa with narcotics.

Sousa pleaded guilty in December to lying to a DEA officer about knowing two people involved in a federal narcotics investigation.

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