A 23-year-old Fall River man caught last year trafficking a large amount of cocaine in New Bedford was sentenced to serve up to four-and-a-half years in state prison, Bristol County District Attorney Thomas M. Quinn III announced.

Malcolm Perez pleaded guilty last week in Fall River Superior Court to a single-count indictment charging him with trafficking in cocaine.  After accepting his guilty plea, Judge Renee Dupuis sentenced the defendant to serve three-and-a-half to four-and-a-half years in state prison.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Melissa Hendrie.

In January 2017 New Bedford Police received information from a confidential informant that the defendant was conducting narcotics deliveries in New Bedford out of a grey van with New York license plates.  Police set up surveillance and spotted the defendant in that grey van in what they believe to be narcotics transactions.  They made a stop and found him in possession of three bags of cocaine, weighing 128.8 grams, along with $ 160.00 in cash.

“This another case of a defendant selling a large amount of drugs that helps fuel the significant drug problem in our communities,” District Attorney Quinn said.

--Bristol County District Attorney's Office