A Canadian nurse said she was heading to a Detroit hospital to help treat patients infected with COVID-19. Instead, she wound up making an appearance in a federal courthouse.
The reason? Pot. And lots of it. Terri Lynn Maxwell is now facing charges of conspiracy and possession with intent to distribute marijuana after U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents inspected her vehicle at the United States and Canada border and allegedly found more than 150 pounds of cannabis. Maxwell, 48, was donning “nursing scrubs and a lab coat,” according to the Detroit News, when she was attempting to enter the U.S. on Wednesday morning at the Detroit Ambassador Bridge, which connects the city with Windsor, Ontario.
She reportedly “applied for admission into the U.S. and presented her Canadian passport and work permit,” and “also had a placard issued by Canada Border Services Agency showing she is a first responder.” The placards are necessary to confirm which individuals are traveling for essential reasons during the pandemic. The border between the United States and Canada was closed temporarily last month for nonessential travelers as a way to stem the