NEW BEDFORD — New Bedford police have arrested two people for trafficking over 200 grams of cocaine out of a Dartmouth motel.

Police said that on Saturday, detectives stopped 30-year-old Niles Mello in a car near Hillman Street and Hill Street.

Mello has two previous convictions for dealing cocaine as well as 55 adult arraignments, according to police.

A passenger in the vehicle was identified as 34-year-old Christie Hoffman.

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Police said that during the traffic stop, Mello refused to open the door, leading to the officers breaking the window and escorting them both out of the car.

Detectives said they found a 36-gram bag of cocaine along with packaging materials inside the car.

Mello was also found to have nearly $2,000 on his person, according to police.

The detectives then searched a room at the Capri Motel on Route 6 in Dartmouth, where Mello and Hoffman were staying.

Police said they seized 220 grams of cocaine and packaging materials in the motel room as well.

Mello has been arrested and is charged with multiple violations including trafficking more than 200 grams of cocaine, conspiracy to violate the controlled substance laws, and a variety of traffic offenses.

Hoffman is charged with conspiracy to violate the drug law and two counts of cocaine trafficking.

According to police, some of Mello's previous convictions include possession of a firearm, assault with a dangerous weapon, and armed assault with intent to murder.

He has also been convicted twice for cocaine trafficking.

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