NEW BEDFORD (WBSM) — A New Bedford man was arrested last week for allegedly trafficking 40 grams of suspected cocaine.

According to police, narcotics detectives received information on June 21 at about 8 p.m. of suspicious activity occurring on 610 Purchase St.

Police said surveillance was conducted and Sgt. Jonathan Lagoa observed what he believed to be a drug transaction taking place in a vehicle where the suspect, a 31-year-old known to police as Cristian Omar Figueroa, entered and exited.


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The vehicle was then stopped and “detectives confirmed that the suspect had sold approximately two grams of cocaine to one of the passengers,” police said.

Detectives observed and approached Figueroa in a parking lot next to the residence. Detective Nathaniel Almeida then arrested him, according to police.

While being taken into custody, Figueroa was found to be in possession of 21 bags of suspected cocaine weighing approximately 40 grams, police said.

Figueroa was also in possession of $394 that was seized due to the nature of his charges. Figueroa is charged with the distribution of cocaine, trafficking in excess of 36 grams of cocaine and conspiracy to violate the controlled substance laws.

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