NEW BEDFORD — New Bedford Police arrested five people Thursday as part of an investigation into street-level narcotics sales in the city's North End.

First, narcotics detectives observed 35-year-old Jacqueline Morris of New Bedford engaged in activity consistent with drug sales at approximately 2:08 p.m. She was searched and police found two suboxone strips and a small amount of crack cocaine. Morris was arrested and charged with two counts of possession of a Class B substance, one count of conspiracy to violate drug laws, as well as on a warrant. Also arrested was 28-year-old Edwin Jorge for distribution of a Class B substance and conspiracy to violate drug laws.

A short time later, at about 2:57 p.m., detectives observed a black Nissan in the area of Holly Street containing three individuals involved in suspected narcotics activity. Following a traffic stop, police arrested 22-year-old Matthew Bret Silva of New Bedford, charging him with possession of cocaine over three grams; 24-year-old Antonio J. Lugo of New Bedford, charged with distribution of cocaine over three grams as well as possession of over two grams of marijuana; and 18-year-old John Louis Ferreria on charges of possession of cocaine over three grams as well as unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle. All three are also charged with conspiracy to violate drug laws.