Practically nobody has more goodwill coming to them right now than healthcare workers on the frontline. And no country has more goodwill coming to it in North America than Canada. So, what a shame that a Canadian nurse has squandered all that goodwill with an alleged drug-smuggling scheme that could earn them decades in prison.

Terri Lynn Maxwell was stopped at the Canadian-U.S. border coming into Michigan. She told customs officials that she was on her way to the Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit to assist during the COVID-19 emergency. Maxwell showed her work permit as well as a placard issued by the Canada Border Services Agency proving that she is a first responder. So far, so good.

However, when the authorities looked in the trunk of Maxwell’s Ford Fusion, they discovered something that smelled a whole lot like weed. Upon further inspection, they found more than 150 pounds of cannabis in vacuum-sealed bags.

Maxwell, 48, has been named in a federal complaint alleging conspiracy and possession with intent to distribute more than 100 pounds of cannabis, as reported by The Detroit News. The offense could bring Maxwell a sentence of 20 years in prison.

 “At a time when health care professionals are working overtime to keep us safe, it’s really shameful that anyone would exploit their status as a nurse to smuggle any kind of drug into our country,” said U.S. Attorney Matthew Schneider.

“To stop the spread of the coronavirus, our Canadian border is open only for essential travel — and smuggling in marijuana simply isn’t essential.”

Photo via Flickr/David Gach

Natalie