Members of the Ulster Regional Gane Enforcement Narcotics Team (U.R.G.E.N.T.) report the arrest of a Marlborough woman following a long-term investigation into the sales of heroin and cocaine in the Marlborough area.
Following the death of Celina Maldonado, 24, of Plattekill in May of 2018 from a heroin overdose, URGENT developed information suggesting the heroin Ms. Maldonado overdosed on contained Fentanyl and was purchased from Monique S. Dibble, 33, of Marlboro.
An investigation was begun and over the next several months, attempts were made to infiltrate her narcotics sales network. Beginning in early 2019, URGENT, with assistance from the New York State Police, began periodically purchasing heroin and cocaine from Dibble, with the final purchase conducted recently. In at least three instances, the heroin purchased also contained Fentanyl, based on preliminary field testing. During this time, URGENT was also able to obtain evidence directly linking Dibble to the sale of the heroin Maldonado overdosed and died from.
On August Dibble was taken into custody and charged with the felony of Criminally Negligent Homicide, as well as several felony counts of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree. She was arraigned in the Town of Marlborough Court and remanded to the Ulster County Jail in lieu of $50,000 cash bail or $100,000 secured bond pending further proceedings.
This is the first case in Ulster County where an alleged drug dealer has been charged with a homicide offense resulting from the overdose death of someone they allegedly sold drugs to.
URGENT was assisted by the New York State Police Violent Gang and Narcotics Enforcement Team.
The investigation is continuing and additional charges may be filed.
The following agencies have members assigned to URGENT: Ulster County Sheriff’s Office, Ulster County District Attorney’s Office, Ulster County Probation, Town of Plattekill Police, Village of Ellenville Police, Town of Shandaken Police and the United States Department of Homeland Security Investigations.