Two men and one woman were arrested on drug charges after police responded to a nonfatal drug overdose Monday in Auburn.

Scott J. Pelletier, commander of the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency, identified the suspects Tuesday as 29-year-old Jamel James Johnson, 28-year-old Jonathan Lara, and 59-year-old Tania Marie Howell, all of Lynn, Massachusetts.

Pelletier said illegal drugs valued at $9,000, nearly $9,000 in drug proceeds and a stolen firearm were seized during a raid at the Lewiston Ramada Inn.

The investigation began in Auburn, where police responded to the report of a drug overdose at 21 Center St. The victim was located in a vehicle, transported to a local hospital, treated and released. Pelletier said that fentanyl, drug proceeds and ammunition were seized and Johnson, who was also in the vehicle, was arrested on three charges of aggravated trafficking and three charges of unlawful possession of fentanyl and cocaine.

In its prescription form, fentanyl is a highly potent pain medication. In its illicit form, fentanyl is often combined with other drugs such as heroin and can result in death.

After Johnson was arrested, drug agents went to the Lewiston hotel, where they searched a room and recovered drugs, drug proceeds and a loaded handgun that had been stolen out of state, Pelletier said. Howell and Lara, who were in the room, were arrested on charges of illegally trafficking cocaine. In addition, Lara was charged with illegal possession of a firearm.

Pelletier said drug agents recovered 26 grams of fentanyl, 13 grams of cocaine base, 20 grams of cocaine, and several methadone pills.

Johnson, Lara and Howell were transported to the Androscoggin County Jail in Auburn, where each was being held Tuesday night on $25,000 cash bail pending appearances Wednesday in Lewiston District Court.


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