A New York City man pleaded guilty Monday to intending to sell prescription drugs in the Waterville area last year.

William Waters, 32, of Bronx, N.Y., pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Bangor to possession of oxycodone with the intent to distribute it, according to a press release from United States Attorney Thomas E. Delahanty II.

Police arrested Waters and Ebony Howard, 29, in March 2013 and discovered 645 oxycodone pills after conducting a body cavity search of Howard.

Waterville Deputy Police Chief Rumsey said at the time the drugs had a street value of about $20,000.

Waterville police and the Drug Enforcement Agency had been conducting a nighttime of surveillance for the pair. The two were eventually spotted and arrested just after midnight at an Irving gas station on Kennedy Memorial Drive.

Waters told police he got the prescription drugs in New York City and gave them to Howard “who was doing him a favor,” the press release states. Waters told police he planned to sell the drugs to Maine residents.

Howard is scheduled to plead guilty to the same charge of possession with intent to distribute on Thursday in U.S. District Court.

Waters faces up to 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine for the charge. He will be sentenced after the United States Probation Office finishes its pre-sentence investigation report. The case was investigated by the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency and the Waterville Police Department.

Kaitlin Schroeder — 861-9252 kschroeder@centralmaine.com

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