Brewer woman arrested for allegedly dealing heroin, bath salts unable to make $2,500 bail

Posted Feb. 21, 2014, at 4:38 p.m.
Victoria Ragonesi
Brewer PD
Victoria Ragonesi

BANGOR, Maine — A District Court judge on Friday set bail at $2,500 for a woman accused of dealing heroin and bath salts out of her Maple Street apartment in Brewer when she made her first appearance at the Penobscot Judicial Center.

Victoria Ragonesi, 41, was arrested shortly before 1 a.m. Thursday after she was examined at Eastern Maine Medical Center, according to the affidavit. She was taken to the hospital Wednesday after Brewer police and agents with the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency conducted a search of her apartment and found she was ill.

She is charged with two counts of aggravated trafficking in scheduled drugs, Class A crimes, and one count of unlawful possession of scheduled drugs, a Class C crime. The trafficking charges are Class A crimes because Ragonesi’s apartment is within 1,000 feet of Maple Street Park, the complaint said.

Ragonesi did not enter a plea Friday before District Court Judge Gregory Campbell because she has not yet been indicted by the Penobscot County grand jury. Through the lawyer of the day, Ragonesi said she could not post any cash bail.

Her next court date is April 15.

She remained Friday night at the Penobscot County Jail unable to make bail.

In Ragonesi’s bedroom, police allegedly found nine blue wax drug bags containing heroin and a substantial amount of bath salts. Other drug paraphernalia, including syringes, straws and spoons, also were found in the bedroom, according to the affidavit.

What was described as a “ledger,” also was taken as evidence, although the affidavit did not describe police finding a large amount of cash in the apartment.

While police were searching the apartment, a 26-year-old Brewer woman came to allegedly purchase heroin from Ragonesi, the affidavit said. The woman told police she was supposed to pay Ragonesi $15 up front and $20 later.

The younger woman was not charged.

The man identified in court Friday as Ragonesi’s fiance told police during the search that she had been using heroin for years and sold the drug to support her own habit. He said she did not inject that drug, so the needles must have belonged to a boarder, the affidavit said. The fiance was not charged.

If convicted, Ragonesi faces up to 30 years in prison and fines of up to $50,000 on the drug trafficking charges. She faces up to 5 years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000 if convicted on the possession charge.

 

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