AUGUSTA — Two women from the Bronx and a man formerly from New York face drug charges resulting from separate incidents in Waterville and Augusta.

All three made initial court appearances Friday at the Capital Judicial Center via video from the Kennebec County jail in Augusta.

Angelina R. Colon, 29, is charged with two counts each of unlawful trafficking of heroin and unlawful trafficking of cocaine base in Waterville. The complaint says the two of the offenses occurred Nov. 8 and 9, 2017, and the other two on Nov. 30, 2017.

Kathy Cagle, 40, is charged with unlawful trafficking of fentanyl Nov. 29, 2017, in Waterville.

The two women were arrested Thursday after a motor vehicle stop on Kennedy Memorial Drive where a third woman was the driver, and all three were brought to the Waterville Police Department for questioning. It was not clear if the third woman was facing charges.

An affidavit by Waterville Police Office Duane Cloutier says a confidential informant working with and watched by police arranged to buy heroin from Colon and Cagle Nov. 8 and crack cocaine Nov. 9.

The traffic stop took place after police received a search warrant Thursday. Cloutier says 115 individual bags of fentanyl and 63 bags of crack cocaine and fentanyl, all packed inside a condom, were turned over to police by Colon.

During Friday’s hearing, Assistant District Attorney David Spencer said Colon “had many drugs about her person and only voluntarily turned them over when female officer indicated she was going to do a strip search.”

The affidavit says that while a K-9 indicated that Cagle had drugs on her, none were found during a search conducted at the Thayer Center for Health.

On Friday, Justice William Stokes read the charge to Cagle, telling her the maximum penalty for the Class B offense is 10 years in prison. Dispositional conferences for both women are set for Jan. 11, 2018.

Lisa Whittier, acting as lawyer of the day, said Cagle would reserve argument on bail until an attorney is appointed.

Spencer initially asked for $5,000 cash bail but later corrected himself to ask for $50,000, citing the seriousness of the offenses and lack of connection to Maine.

Cagle became agitated and started speaking and wringing her hands on camera. Stokes told her to calm down and that he had heard the $5,000 amount as well.

He later set it at $15,000, saying, “The nature of charge is fairly serious. It involves fentanyl.” Conditions of bail prohibit her from having contact with Colon and the third woman.

Colon was represented by Stephen Bourget as lawyer of the day.

Spencer requested $50,000 cash bail for her as well, with conditions prohibiting her from contact with Cagle and the third woman.

He said the driver’s licenses of both women show they have different apartments in the same building.

Bourget told Stokes that Colon has no criminal record, is the mother of three children in New York and wants to maintain the bond with her children.

“As I see it, she was the mule for these people; she was the one carrying so the others would not be implicated,” Bourget said.

He suggested $10,000 cash for bail.

“The amount of fentanyl alleged to have been found on her is substantial and supports the conclusion it was packed for sale,” Stokes said, in setting bail at $25,000.

In the Augusta incident, Lancelot E. Ortiz, 41, of Waterville and formerly of New York, was arrested Wednesday following a traffic stop by a Maine State Police trooper in Augusta.

Ortiz is charged with unlawful furnishing of scheduled cocaine that allegedly occurred on Wednesday in Augusta.

According to an affidavit by Maine State Police Detective Scott Quintero, Ortiz was a passenger in the rear seat and “was stuffing something down by his feet.” Quintero said Ortiz later admitted he had been stashing 5 grams of cocaine in his socks.

Quintero said Ortiz later said he had been in prison for trafficking “and that he just got back into it to make some money for the holiday.”

Spencer asked for $10,000 bail, saying Ortiz had a “significant record out of New York,” including four convictions for sale and/or possession of controlled substances.

“In this case, the defendant admitted he was selling cocaine, and they were in the process to do that,” Spencer said.

Stokes set bail at $5,000.

Bourget, who also represented Ortiz, said Ortiz lives in Waterville. “He’s been there for a couple of years with his girlfriend,” Bourget said, asking that bail be set at $500 cash.

Betty Adams — 621-5631

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