Leominster police use confidential informant to catch local fentanyl dealer
LEOMINSTER — With the help of a confidential informant, Leominster police began an investigation last January into Wayne Donahue, a 26-year-old area resident suspected of dealing fentanyl.
According to the Narrative of Detective Kimberly Phillips of the Leominster Police Department, on three separate occasions from January – June of this year, Donahue sold fentanyl to a confidential informant. Fentanyl is defined as a Class A controlled substance by Massachusetts General Law Chapter 94C.
On July 29, Leominster District Court issued a search warrant for Donahue’s apartment, which was located at 15 Prospect Street, Apt. #1.
On Aug. 1, Leominster police, members of the North Worcester County Drug Task Force and the Violent Fugitive Apprehension Section (VFAS) executed the search warrant at Donahue’s Prospect Street apartment where they found approximately 2.77 grams of fentanyl and about .22 grams of crack. A scale was found on Donahue as well, according to Det. Phillips’ Narrative.
Police also seized $220 proceeds from drug distribution as well.
Donahue was placed under arrest and charged with Possession with Intent to Distribute a Class A Substance (fentanyl) and Possession of a Class B Substance (crack).
His bail was set at $1,000.
Donahue was arraigned in Leominster District Court on Aug. 1 (the day he was arrested) and released on his own personal recognizance with the potential for bail revocation.
He is scheduled to appear in court again on Sept. 21 for a pretrial hearing.
Disclaimer: If you are wondering why the incident in this story was from early August, that’s because I had to file a FOIA request to get the Personnel Narratives for the incident. FOIAs are time consuming.