NEW BEDFORD — A New Bedford man with a previous drug conviction has been arrested and charged with drug trafficking after police seized more than $10,000 in fentanyl from his home.

On Wednesday, January 22, detectives from the New Bedford Police Narcotics Unit seized 108 grams of fentanyl with a street value of more than $10,000 and more than $500 in cash after witnessing a suspected drug deal near 727 Belleville Avenue and a subsequent search of those premises.

As a result of the incident, Nathan A. Cormier, 28, was arrested and charged with drug trafficking and possession to distribute. He was previously convicted of dealing drugs in 2016 and currently has an open distribution case before the courts.

Officers witnessed Cormier throw 20 grams of fentanyl to the ground when he was approached and discovered a small bag of fentanyl in his vehicle. A further investigation at 727 Belleville Avenue resulted in a consent search, whereupon detectives located another 80 grams of fentanyl.

— Information from a New Bedford Police press release

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