Portland Police made a traffic stop last Monday afternoon at the intersection of Park Ave. and Mellen St. in Portland that resulted in the seizure of a large amount of illegal drugs.
After a brief investigation, officers discovered that a passenger in the stopped car, 22-year-old Justin Williams of Saco, had a warrant.
Officers searched Williams, and discovered he was in possession of 83 grams of fentanyl — enough to kill 41,500 people — 45 grams of cocaine base, 60 grams of cocaine HCL, 92 grams of methamphetamine, 169 Adderall pills, 198 Xanax pills, 261 Oxycodone pills and $2,060 cash.
Williams was charged with five counts of unlawful trafficking of scheduled drugs, two counts of aggravated trafficking of scheduled drugs, falsifying physical evidence, failure to provide correct name and date of birth, and violating conditions of release.
He is being held without bail.
In an Aug. 29 update, Portland police said that further testing of the 628 pills found in Williams’ possession showed many of them to be counterfeit, and tested presumptive positive for fentanyl and methamphetamines.
Dealers and traffickers press these pills with fentanyl and other drugs in an attempt to increase profit, which also has the effect of making them far more dangerous because they are unpredictably potent.
On Monday, a 17-year-old Portland girl overdosed on fentanyl when she ingested what she believed to be an Oxycodone pill.
Williams was previously arrested in May of last year after a traffic stop in Turner, Maine, which resulted in police finding methamphetamine, cocaine, an assortment of pills, and over $3,400 in cash in the car, driven by 21-year-old Raishean Markie of Portland.
Both Williams and Markie were charged with two counts of aggravated trafficking of scheduled drugs, unlawful possession of a scheduled drug, and violating conditions of release.