NEW BEDFORD — New Bedford police have arrested a city resident and convicted drug dealer on fentanyl trafficking charges.

Police said that on Monday, narcotics detectives searched a 76 Division St. home, finding over 37 grams of fentanyl along with digital scales, packaging materials, and $922 in cash.

Manuel Cabeleira, 37, was arrested and charged with fentanyl distribution.

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According to police, Cabeleira has previously been convicted of dealing drugs.

His most recent conviction was possessing heroin with intent to distribute in 2014.

New Bedford police emphasized the department's efforts against the current opiate epidemic, which police said has "shattered so many lives" across the country.

Anyone with information on criminal activity in their neighborhood is asked to contact the police department at (508) 991-6300.

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