A Winthrop man was arrested in Alfred, after police seized approximately $45,000 worth of drugs from his vehicle.

John Katula's vehicle was stopped on Wednesday evening by agents from the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency's York District Task Force. The agents knew that Katula had an expired Maine driver's license and had bail conditions from 2019 drug offenses. Those conditions allowed for law enforcement to search his person, his vehicle, and his resident, for any reason. At the agents' request, Maine State Police stopped the 46-year-old's vehicle in Alfred.

When asked for his identification, police say Katula allegedly gave them a fake Arkansas driver's license, with a different name, and a fake social security card in an attempt to hide his true identity. A search of his vehicle resulted in the seizure of 240 grams of fentanyl, 80 grams of cocaine HCL, 5 grams of cocaine base, and 2.9 grams of methamphetamine. Katula was arrested and transported to the York County Jail, where he's being held without bail.

Anyone with information about this investigation or the illegal sale of drugs in this state is urged to contact the MDEA office closest to them, or to text MDEA to TIP411 (847411), or to call the MDEA tip-line at 800-452-6457.

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