NEW BEDFORD — Members of the New Bedford Police narcotics unit took more than $15,000 worth of fentanyl off the street Tuesday, as part of a continuing crackdown on the distribution of fentanyl, a major cause of the significant numbers of drug overdoses in the city.

The arrests followed an investigation into a fentanyl distribution service out of 70 Ruth Street, Apt. 4S.

Police executed a search warrant at that address and seized 166 grams of fentanyl, 42 rounds of .45 caliber ammunition, 4.9 grams of cocaine, 12 Suboxone film strips, a digital scale, packaging materials, cutting agents and $1,007 in cash.

Jonathan Perez-Rolon, 24, of 70 Ruth St. Apt. 4S, was arrested on charges of trafficking in fentanyl over 100 grams, conspiracy to violate drug laws, unlawful possession of ammunition, possession of Suboxone and possession of Suboxone with intent to distribute.

Luis Rodriguez, 36, of 70 Ruth St. Apt. 4S, was arrested on charges of of trafficking in fentanyl over 100 grams, conspiracy to violate drug laws, unlawful possession of ammunition, possession of Suboxone, possession of Suboxone with intent to distribute and three outstanding warrants.

The arrests were made at 11:18 p.m.

--New Bedford Police