NYC woman allegedly carrying 645 pills in her body facing drug charges after Waterville bust

Posted March 19, 2013, at 12:25 p.m.

WATERVILLE, Maine — A woman from New York City found to be carrying a large quantity of drugs in her body following a cavity search was arrested along with her male companion early Saturday, police said.

Waterville police Detective Duane Cloutier and Maine Drug Enforcement Agency officials had received numerous tips that Ebony Howard, 28, and William Waters, 31, were headed to the Elm City from New York, Deputy Chief Charles Rumsey said Tuesday.

The pair arrived in town shortly after midnight Saturday, and Cloutier and drug agents stopped their vehicle on Kennedy Memorial Drive, Rumsey said.

When police detained the suspects, approximately 645 Oxycodone pills with a street value of $20,000 were found in Howard’s body following a cavity search, the deputy chief said. Waters was in possession of what Rumsey called a usable amount of marijuana and several grams of a drug police believe was Ecstasy.

Waters and Howard were both arrested and charged with aggravated trafficking in scheduled drugs, a Class A felony, Rumsey said.

Police believe that Waters was accompanying Howard into Waterville for the purpose of selling the contraband in the city, Rumsey explained.

Both suspects were brought to Kennebec County Jail, where bail was set at $50,000 for Waters and $30,000 for Howard. The duo remained locked up Tuesday, according to a jail official.

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