A 35-year-old New Bedford man arrested for possessing fentanyl with the intention of distributing the drug pleaded guilty today in federal court in Boston.

Marquise Thompson pleaded guilty to one count of possession with intent to distribute 40 grams or more of fentanyl. He was indicted by a federal grand jury in May 2021.

His sentencing was scheduled for November 2, 2022.

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According to a release, Thompson was arrested in October 2020 prior to his attempt to sell fentanyl. State and federal authorities then seized more than 20 grams of fentanyl and packaging materials from his New Bedford apartment.

The charge of possession with intent to distribute fentanyl provides for a mandatory sentence of up to 20 years in prison, up to a lifetime of supervised release and a fine of up to $1 million, the release stated.

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