FALL RIVER — A Fall River man already out on parole for armed robbery was arrested last week after a drug raid at his apartment.

Evan Perez, 30, was arrested after a joint investigation by the Bristol County State Police Narcotics Task Force and the Newport, Rhode Island Police Department into an illegal cocaine delivery service operating in Fall River and Rhode Island. State Police say Perez was believed to be storing cocaine and crack cocaine for distribution inside the apartment he shared with his girlfriend. He was out on parole for an armed robbery he committed in Rhode Island in 2011.

Troopers executed a search warrant at the apartment on February 18, and upon entry, they say they saw Perez on top of a stairwell. They say he quickly disappeared from view, and that they believe at that point he tossed a firearm into the bedroom of a juvenile living in the household.

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Perez was taken into custody and a search of the apartment turned up a loaded Taurus handgun with a defaced serial number on the floor of the juvenile’s bedroom. State police also seized more than 100 grams of cocaine and crack cocaine, more than 50 grams of suspected fentanyl in the form of pressed orange pills, and more than $8,000 in cash.

Perez was charged with various firearms offenses, as well as trafficking cocaine and trafficking fentanyl. He was arraigned in Fall River District Court and is being held pending a dangerousness hearing.

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