CALAIS  — A Canadian man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for trying to smuggle more than 2,000 methamphetamine pills into the U.S. last Thanksgiving.

Charles Maillet of Dieppe, New Brunswick, was also sentenced Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Bangor to five years of probation. He pleaded guilty in January to importation of 500 grams or more of methamphetamine.

Federal authorities say the 50-year-old Maillet was apprehended on Thanksgiving while crossing into the U.S. at Calais.

He told U.S. Customs and Border Protection he was going to visit family in Massachusetts for the holiday.

Officers, with the help of dogs, found the pills hidden in Maillet’s rented vehicle.

Maillet told inspectors that he was a long-haul commercial truck driver and used the pills to stay awake.