New Bedford Police Say Low Bail Allows Suspect Back on the Streets
NEW BEDFORD — Bail was set at $500 for a suspect charged with illegal possession of a firearm, ammunition and possession of nearly 22 grams of marijuana, five grams of cocaine and four grams of crack cocaine.
Daniel Rodriguez, 40, of 46 Winsper St., Apt. 3, New Bedford, was arrested Dec. 7 on charges of possession of a firearm without a license, unlawful possession of ammunition, possession of cocaine with intent to distribute and possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.
Judge John Stapleton set the bail despite requests from the District Attorney's office that bail be set at $2,500. Rodriguez made bail Dec. 11.
Rodriguez is set for a pretrial hearing on Jan. 5.
Rodriguez has a lengthy court history. He has 13 prior adult court arraignments, including two prior convictions for possessing narcotics with intent to sell. He was found guilty of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute in 1997 and was given a year in prison, with the sentence suspended. He was also given one year's suspended sentence in 2001 for possession of narcotics with intent to distribute.
--New Bedford Police