LEWISTON — Years after police found a meth lab at her Sabattus Street home, a local woman was charged with selling prescription painkillers in the downtown area.

Donna Pagnani, 30, was arrested on a charge of trafficking in scheduled drugs Tuesday after police and drug agents searched her on Blake Street.

Maine Drug Enforcement agents, Lewiston and Maine State Police said they have been investigating Pagnani and others on suspicion of drug dealing in downtown Lewiston. At around noon Tuesday, police spotted Pagnani outside 34 Blake St. and conducted a search.

Investigators said they found dozens of oxycodone pills on Pagnani as well as ledgers that detailed drug transactions and other evidence of trafficking.

She was being held on $5,000 bail Wednesday at the Androscoggin County Jail in Auburn.

Pagnani is well-known to police in the area. In 2006, she was arrested, along with a man, on charges of possessing and trafficking methamphetamine and child endangerment following a raid at a Sabattus Street home.

Investigators said Pagnani and then 25-year-old Louis Rubino had been manufacturing meth, causing at least one explosion inside their apartment.

Pagnani later entered a plea arrangement in which the drug charges were dropped in exchange for a plea of guilty to a charge of endangering the welfare of a child. Pagnani and Rubino had a 3-year-old daughter living with them at the time.

Pagnani has been arrested several times since on charges of violating probation. She is expected to make an initial court appearance later this week.


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