A 50-year-old Fall River heroin trafficker was convicted last week in Fall River Superior Court and sentenced to serve up to five years in state prison, Bristol County District Attorney Thomas M. Quinn III announced.

Vincent Carr pleaded guilty to a single-count indictment, charging him with trafficking in excess of 18 grams of heroin.

On February 16, 2018, Fall River Police executed a search warrant on the defendant’s vehicle, which was located at the Stop & Shop on Rodman Street. Inside the defendant’s vehicle, police located 419 bags of heroin (about 8 grams) and $703 in cash.

Police immediately arrested the defendant and transported him to the police station for booking.  While at the station, the defendant called a friend and asked him to hide his safe, which was located in his apartment.

Police staked out the house and approached the friend, who is the caretaker of the building.  The friend told police the defendant called him asked him to go the apartment and put the safe in his apartment until he was released.  The friend brought police to a vacant apartment and turned the safe over to police. After obtaining a search warrant for the safe, police seized another 2,200 bags (about 40 grams) of heroin, $25,113 in cash and various pills inside, as well as the title for the defendant’s car.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Daniel Walsh and the three-and-a-half years to five years state prison sentence was handed down by Judge Raffi Yessayan.

 "I am very pleased that this case was resolved within two months of the defendant’s arraignment in Superior Court.  A key reason for this is that the defendant was held without bail as a danger to the community.  The defendant was reaping significant profits from selling heroin based upon the money seized,” District Attorney Quinn said.  “The defendant has a prior record and this sentence will protect the public from him for up to five years.   This case highlights the importance of holding drug dealers without bail in the appropriate cases.”

Info from The Office of Bristol County District Attorney Thomas Quinn III.

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