Two people arrested Wednesday on drug charges in Waterville were scheduled to see a judge on Friday, but only one of them made it.

Jail officers told Justice Donald Marden that Toni D. Juliano, 30, of Canaan, was too sick to appear for an initial appearance via video link. Medical personnel told them she apparently was going through detoxification.

Ambrose Wan, 32, also known as Bruno, of New York City, and Juliano were charged with numerous felony drug charges and both told police they needed to go to the hospital.

Wan complained of chest pains and Juliano indicated she had swallowed an unknown amount of heroin and fentanyl, according to affidavits filed in the case at the Capital Judicial Center.

Both defendants were taken to the Kennebec County jail after being examined at a hospital.

On Friday, Marden read aloud the charges against Wan: three counts of aggravated trafficking and one count each of conspiracy to commit trafficking, unlawful possession of drugs and operating without a license, all dated Wednesday.

Marden noted that because the trafficking charges were felonies and would have to go through the grand jury process, he was not asking for any plea to be entered.

Marden ordered $150,000 bail for Wan, with a number of conditions, including one that requires him to remain in Maine.

That was the amount requested by the prosecutor, Assistant District Attorney Tyler LeClair, who said the allegations were “extremely serious,” involving heroin, cocaine and fentanyl.

LeClair detailed the amounts reported by police, saying they located 109 grams of fentanyl, 97.2 grams of cocaine, 75.9 grams of heroin and suboxone strips, drug paraphernalia and $38,000 in cash when they searched the couple’s Waterville hotel room Sept. 27.

LeClair said Wan served six years in prison in New York on a conviction for criminal sale of a controlled substance and has a pending charge there involving possession of a weapon.

Because Juliano was unable to make an initial appearance, LeClair asked the judge to review the affidavits supporting the charges against her to find probable cause to hold her until she could be seen at a video hearing on Monday.

Marden did so, noting Juliano’s absence for the record.

He also noted that records showed Juliano had pleaded guilty July 27 in Augusta to a charge of unlawful trafficking in scheduled drugs and was scheduled for a sentencing hearing on Nov. 6.

She had been free on postconviction bail with a condition prohibiting her from possessing drugs.

The new offenses are alleged to have occurred Sept. 6 and Sept. 27 in Waterville.

She is charged with three counts of aggravated trafficking in scheduled drugs and one count of violation of condition of release, all Sept. 6.

A separate complaint charges her with four counts of aggravated trafficking in scheduled drugs, and one count each of conspiracy to commit trafficking, unlawful possession of drugs and violation of condition of release, all Sept. 27.

Both of those complaints list a Portland address for her.

Betty Adams — 621-5631

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Twitter: @betadams


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