A traffic stop in New Bedford Friday afternoon led to the arrest of a man for trafficking in fentanyl, among other charges.

At about 5:20 p.m., troopers assigned to the Troop D Community Action Team stopped a 2019 Nissan Altima on Sawyer Street at County Street for suspected illegal window tint.  During their contact with the operator, the troopers observed a knife in plain view and subsequently determined that its size was in violation of a city ordinance.

The operator, Alex Barboza, 29, of New Bedford, was placed under arrest for the city ordinance violation.  A subsequent inventory of his vehicle prior to towing led to the discovery and seizure of approximately 10 grams of a substance believed to be fentanyl, approximately one pound of a substance believed to be marijuana, 100 cartridges of CBD oil, and two small bottles of a substance believed to be anabolic steroids.  Troopers also located and seized more than $26,000.00, which was located in the vehicle and on Barboza.

Barboza was booked at the State Police Barracks in North Dartmouth on the following charges:

  1. Municipal by-law or ordinance violation (knife)
  2. Trafficking in fentanyl
  3. Possession of a Class A substance with intent to distribute
  4. Possession of a Class C drug
  5. Possession with intent to distribute a Class D drug (2 counts)

Barboza was additionally cited for a window tint violation.  He was transported to the Ash Street Jail in New Bedford pending his arraignment in New Bedford District Court on Monday

Information from the Mass. State Police.