New Bedford Drug Dealer Sentenced for Selling Fentanyl on Bail
NEW BEDFORD — A New Bedford man has been sentenced to state prison after selling fentanyl to an undercover cop — while out on bail for fentanyl trafficking.
Andre Daniels pleaded guilty in Fall River Superior Court to fentanyl trafficking charges as well as cocaine and illegal firearm possession charges, according to the Bristol County District Attorney's Office.
The 26-year-old was sentenced to serve three and a half to five years in state prison.
On March 11 last year, New Bedford police searched Daniels' 207 Court Street home, recovering four bags of fentanyl weighing 69.8 grams.
They also found two bags of cocaine weighing nearly 12 grams, a loaded Smith and Wesson .45 caliber firearm, and drug packaging materials, along with $1,500 in cash, the D.A.'s office stated.
Daniels was released on bail with GPS monitoring and home confinement.
According to the D.A.'s office, while out on bail on April 23, 2021, the defendant sold a 10-gram bag of fentanyl to an undercover Massachusetts state police trooper.
“The defendant was in possession of a firearm to facilitate his trafficking in fentanyl," commented Bristol County District Attorney Thomas Quinn.
"While out on bail, he continued to sell drugs," Quinn added. "This sentence is necessary to protect the public."
Assistant District Attorney Gillian Kirsch prosecuted the case, and Judge Thomas Perrino imposed the prison sentence, the D.A.'s office noted.