Man, woman arrested after drug task force raids Watertown home

WATERTOWN, NY —  The Metro-Jeff Drug Task Force released the following statement on Oct. 7, 2021:

“On 10/06/21, at about 4:20 pm, members of the Metro-Jeff Drug Task Force executed a search warrant at 335 S. Meadow St., upper apartment, in the City of Watertown. This address is the home of Kristie L. Perkins and has been the focus of an on-going drug investigation.

Upon entry the apartment was found to be occupied by four adults and one child. All occupants were secured without incident.

At the conclusion of the search, approximately 1.9 ounces of crack cocaine, approximately 1 gram of heroin, $4,185.00 in US currency, several sets of digital scales, and multiple items of drug paraphernalia were seized.

As a result, Kristie L Perkins (age 40) and Wayne O. Bankasingh Jr. (age 28, New York City, NY) were each charged with one count of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd degree. They were arraigned in the City of Watertown Court. Ms. Perkins was released and Mr. Bankasingh was held on $15,000 cash bail.

The Metro-Jeff Drug Task Force was assisted by the Watertown Police SRT and ID units, Jefferson County Child Protective Services, and the New York State Division of Parole.

This is an on-going investigation. Additional arrests and charges are pending.”