New Bedford Man Charged with Trafficking Fentanyl
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:
- Municipal by-law or ordinance violation (knife)
- Trafficking in fentanyl
- Possession of a Class A substance with intent to distribute
- Possession of a Class C drug
- 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.