New Bedford Fentanyl Trafficker Sentenced to Four Years in Prison
FALL RIVER — A 42-year-old fentanyl dealer from New Bedford will be spending four years in state prison, after he was sentenced last week in Fall River Superior Court.
Brian Still received the prison term after pleading guilty on Oct. 7 to trafficking more than 18 grams of fentanyl, according to the Bristol County District Attorney's office.
Still was caught in May 2020 after New Bedford police began surveillance at his 314 Coffin Avenue apartment.
According to the D.A.'s office, at around 1:30 p.m. on May 13, 2020 Detective Nathan Pimental saw still leave the home with his girlfriend.
Police stopped Still in his red Chevy Tahoe at Quansett and Dean streets and seized his keys, using them to get inside his apartment, the office stated.
In a search of the apartment police found a bag of fentanyl weighing around 25 grams in Still's bedroom.
They also found and seized around five grams of fentanyl elsewhere in the apartment, along with plastic baggies, digital scales, and $1,351 in cash thought to be the proceeds from drug sales.
A state lab later confirmed the substance found in the apartment to be fentanyl.
The D.A.'s office said Still has a long criminal history dating back to 1994, nearly 30 years ago.
Prior convictions include drug distribution offenses as well as a 2007 conviction for assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, which earned him a two to three year prison sentence.
"This defendant has a history of convictions that include selling drugs and assaults," Bristol County District Attorney Thomas Quinn said.
"He clearly is a danger to the community and needs to be kept off the street to protect public."