NEW BEDFORD — New Bedford Police took a loaded firearm and nearly 37 grams of fentanyl off the streets Thursday, and arrested a man with a long criminal history.

The arrest came following an investigation into a fentanyl distribution service operated out of 314 Chancery Street.

Richard Campbell, 47, of that address was charged with possession of a firearm without a license, improper storage of a firearm, trafficking in fentanyl, possession of cocaine, possession of suboxone and unlawful possession of ammunition.

Police executed a search warrant at the 314 Chancery Street address and found 36.9 grams of fentanyl, a .25 caliber Berretta handgun, 50 rounds of .25 caliber ammunition with one round in the chamber and seven in the magazine, a small amount of cocaine, one package of suboxone with three film strips inside, digital scales and packaging materials.

The value of the fentanyl is about $4,000.

Campbell has a long criminal history, including 62 adult arraignments. He served time in prison in 2016 for possession of heroin with intent to distribute, and four years in prison in 1999 for armed robbery. He failed to show up in court three times in 2017 to face charges of operating after suspension of license.

Judge John Stapleton ordered Campbell held without bail, pending a dangerousness hearing.

--New Bedford Police

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