Sidney woman, awaiting mail delivery of opioid-similar pain relievers, is arrested

A 40-year-old Sidney woman remained in jail Thursday on a drug charge stemming from a box of 2,500 doses of a highly addictive pain reliever similar to opioids that was to be mailed to her from San Francisco, the Shelby County Sheriff's Office said.

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Joy Naomi Gorongsay, of the 700 block of Park Street, was arrested Thursday afternoon when sheriff's deputies and a U.S. Postal inspector executed a search warrant at her address and detained her on one count of drug possession of a schedule 4 narcotic.

The search warrant was a result of information received from the Department of Homeland Security that a package was confiscated in San Francisco by U.S. Customs and was found to be 1.15 KG of a schedule 4 drug, Tramadol, known as common brands ConZip and Ultram.

Tramadol, used to treat moderate to severe pain, is described as a controlled substance similar to opioids that has a high risk for addiction and dependence. It can cause respiratory distress and death when taken in high doses or when combined with other substances, especially alcohol, according to First Databank and other sources.

The package was sent to a U.S. Postal Inspector and was scheduled for delivery to Gorongsay's Park Street address.

Deputies and the inspector confiscated 2,500 single doses of 100mg Tramadol Hydrochloride pills, along with several computers, electronic devices and documents associated with the trafficking of scheduled drugs.

We will update this developing report as warranted.

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