Standing half in Stanstead, Que., and half in Derby Line, Vermont, the Haskell Free Library and Opera House has, in the words of one visitor, stood for more than a century as an “enduring gesture of peace between two nations.”
But last spring, the charming brick library became the unwitting accomplice in a plot to smuggle several dozen handguns into Canada.
On March 25, 2011, reads a federal grand jury indictment, 46-year-old Annette Wexler and a co-conspirator allegedly checked into the Four Seasons Motel in Derby Line with a bag of handguns.
Sometime that day, the pair allegedly walked into the Haskell Library with the guns, and when they walked out, they were holding $18,000 in cash.
“If she is convicted, Wexler faces a maximum possible term of imprisonment of 10 years,” reads a statement by the United States Attorney released on Monday.
Library gun-runners are only the latest worry…
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