Winslow drug bust yields deadly cache of fentanyl

Photos of the three suspects arrested in Winslow for trafficking scheduled drugs on August 29th, beneath a photo of the drugs and cash seized. / Winslow Police Department

WINSLOW – Winslow Police say they arrested three individuals, including two people from New York, on August 29th and charged them with trafficking scheduled drugs among other charges.

Kendu Watts and Amanda Martinez, both from New York City, were charged with aggravated trafficking scheduled drugs. Their bail was set at $15,000 and $10,000 respectively. The third suspect, Joseph Romagno of Winslow, was charged with trafficking scheduled drugs among other things, including violating conditions of releast. Bail for Romano was set at $12,500.

The arrests were the result of a routine bail check on Romagno at a residence on Monument Street where officers observed items “consistent with ongoing drug trafficking.”

Officers then obtained and executed a search warrant and located 134.3 grams of fentanyl, 1.5 grams of crack cocaine and more than $3,000 in cash. All three were unable to make bail and were transported to Kennebec County Jail.

News reports from government sources around the nation indicate that a gram of fentanyl could have a street value of $1,000.

Fentanyl is widely recognized as one of the most dangerous illicit street drugs, according to the CDC, just two milligrams of fentanyl can cause a fatal overdose. That means the quantity of fentanyl seized in this drug bust could kill nearly 70,000 people.

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