BARNSTABLE (WBSM) — A New Bedford man was arrested in Barnstable earlier today and charged with allegedly trafficking over a half-kilo of cocaine.

According to a Barnstable Police Facebook post, authorities arrested Nilton Maia, 36, of New Bedford at about 1:45 p.m. today for allegedly trafficking cocaine.

Police said Maia had allegedly traveled to Cape Cod “for the sole purpose of selling illicit narcotics.”

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They said he had 580 grams of cocaine in his possession, packaged for wholesale distribution.

Courtesy Barnstable Police
Courtesy Barnstable Police

Maia is charged with trafficking a Class B substance (cocaine) over 200 grams. He was held at the Barnstable Police Department on $50,000 cash bail and is scheduled to be arraigned in Barnstable District Court on Friday.

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