Watertown drug arrests

Perkins, left, and Bankasingh. Provided photos

WATERTOWN — A search of a city apartment on Wednesday resulted in the seizure of crack cocaine, heroin and cash, as well as the arrest of two people.

At about 4:20 p.m., members of the Metro-Jefferson Drug Task Force executed a search warrant at the upper apartment at 335 S. Meadow St., which has been the focus of a drug investigation.

Police entered and found four adults and one child inside. They were all secured without incident. A search allegedly found 1.9 ounces of crack cocaine, roughly one gram of heroin, $4,185 in cash, several sets of digital scales and multiple items of drug paraphernalia. It was all seized.

Kristie L. Perkins, 40, who lives at the apartment, was charged with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. Wayne O. Bankasingh Jr., 28, New York City, was also charged with one count of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. They both were arraigned in City Court. Ms. Perkins was released and Mr. Bankasingh was held on $15,000 bail.

The task force was assisted by city police, Jefferson County Child Protective Services and the state Division of Parole. The investigation is ongoing. Additional arrests and charges are pending.

The two-family home is owned by John and Stacy Bonk of Everett, Wash. City records show they paid $40,000 for the property in March.

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