Mindy and Lexius Saint Martin, who raised a family in Waterville. Spurred by a decade-old felony drug conviction, Lexius was arrested and deported to Haiti by federal officials. Credit: Courtesy of Evan Fisher

Maine Republican Gov. Paul LePage has denied a father of three’s request to pardon a drug trafficking conviction that led to his deportation to Haiti.

The Morning Sentinel reports LePage said in a text message Tuesday that 35-year-old Lexius Saint Martin had nearly 10 years to resolve his case. He says Saint Martin “completely ignored our laws until they caught up with him.”

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Saint Martin was convicted of drug trafficking in 2008, but his deportation was postponed after Haiti suffered a devastating earthquake.

The family’s attorney, Evan Fisher, says it was cruel for LePage’s administration to send a letter informing Saint Martin that his pardon was denied before Thanksgiving.

He says he will refile a petition for a pardon next year when Democrat Gov.-elect Janet Mills takes office.