FALL RIVER — Fall River Police arrested three men who were the targets of an investigation into narcotics distribution in a city housing complex.

On Friday, January 29, members of the Fall River Police Vice and Gang Units, members of the Metro Boston Gang Task Force, and representatives of the FBI executed a search warrant at unit 12A of the Maple Gardens Housing Complex.

Police say that during the execution of the search warrant, three males out of the apartment through a window. All three were taken into custody by FBI SWAT team members, and a search of the apartment yielded 70 grams of suspected crack cocaine and $3,778.35 in U.S. currency.

The following individuals were arrested:

– Timothy Morrison, 33, with an address listed as “homeless,” charged with trafficking in cocaine in excess of 36 grams, conspiracy to violate the controlled substance law, and also arrested on 14 unassociated warrants.

– Justin Villalona, 25, of Los Angeles, California, charged with possession with intent to distribute a Class B substance and conspiracy to violate the controlled substance law.

– Jason Villalona, 32, of Boston, charged with trafficking in cocaine in excess of 36 grams and conspiracy to violate the controlled substance law.

“The Fall River Police Department will continue to collaborate with our federal and state partners to identify those distributing drugs in our neighborhood”, said Police Chief Jeffrey Cardoza.

“(Friday’s) arrests are a direct result of the hard work and dedication of federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies working together to combat violent criminals who distribute dangerous drugs like crack cocaine in our communities,” said Joseph R. Bonavolonta, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Boston Division. “Peddling poison out of a public housing complex, as alleged in this case, is a threat and affront to the law-abiding citizens who live there, and the FBI’s Metro Boston Gang Task Force will continue to use all of the tools at its disposal to go after those who have furthered the scourge of illegal narcotics in our neighborhoods.”

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