Former Dartmouth Town Employee Released Following Arraignment
NEW BEDFORD — The former Dartmouth town employee who was caught selling prescription drugs to another town employee was in court this week.
42-year-old Paul Andrade of Fall River was arraigned this past Tuesday in New Bedford District Court and released on personal recognizance, according to Gregg Miliote, spokesman for Bristol County District Attorney Thomas Quinn.
Andrade, who formerly worked for the Dartmouth Water Department, was the subject of a criminal complaint filed after he was caught in April selling a large amount of his Suboxone prescription to Carolyn Oliveira, an employee of the Town Collector's Office.
The drug transactions, which reportedly took place in the parking lot of Dartmouth Town Hall, led Dartmouth Police to seek charges against both Andrade and Oliveira, but probable cause was only found to charge Andrade. He was charged with distribution of Suboxone and conspiracy to violate drug laws.
Andrade's case was continued until October 10th, with a pre-trial hearing scheduled in New Bedford District Court. Both he and Oliveira resigned their positions with the town following the filing of the criminal complaint.