Pair arrested with 645 oxycodone pills in Waterville indicted by federal grand jury

Posted June 07, 2013, at 2:11 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — A man and woman from New York City were indicted Tuesday by a federal grand jury on drug charges related to their arrests in Waterville in March when the woman was found to be hiding 645 oxycodone pills within a body cavity.

Ebony Howard, 28, and William Waters, 31, were indicted on one count each of possession with intent to distribute a mixture or substance containing oxycodone and aiding and abetting the same, according to documents made public Friday.

The pills had an estimated street value of $20,000, according to a previously published report.

They are scheduled to be arraigned Monday in federal court in Bangor.

Acting on numerous tips, Howard and Waters were arrested shortly after midnight March 17 after their vehicle was stopped on Kennedy Memorial Drive in Waterville by a local detective and agents with the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency, according to a previously published report. They have been held at the Kennebec County Jail unable to make bail since then.

The pair originally were charged in Kennebec County Superior Court with aggravated trafficking in scheduled drugs, a Class A felony, according to a previously published report. If convicted on the federal charges, the state charges most likely would be dismissed.

If convicted in federal court, Waters and Howard each would face up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $1 million.

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