Deadly Drugs Laced With Fentanyl Being Sold in the Hudson Valley
A Hudson Valley woman is accused of selling drugs laced with fentanyl on a number of occasions, including drugs that led to the overdose death of a local woman.
In May of 2018, 25-year-old Celina Maldonado of Plattekill died from a heroin overdose. After her death, police alleged the heroin she overdosed on contained fentanyl and was purchased from Monique S. Dibble, 33, of Marlboro.
Beginning in early 2019, URGENT, with assistance from the New York State Police, began periodically purchasing heroin and cocaine from Dibble, police say.
At least three times the alleged heroin purchased from Dibble also contained fentanyl. Soon, police obtained evidence that linked Dibble to the sale of the heroin Maldonado overdosed on, officials say.
On Tuesday, Dibble was taken into custody and charged with the felony of criminally negligent homicide, as well as several felony counts of criminal sale of a controlled substance and criminal possession of a controlled substance.
She was arraigned in the Town of Marlborough Court and remanded to the Ulster County Jail in lieu of $50,000 cash bail or $100,000 secured bond pending further proceedings.
This is the first case in Ulster County where an alleged drug dealer has been charged with a homicide offense resulting from the overdose death of someone they allegedly sold drugs to, police say.
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