NEW BEDFORD — During two separate street-level incidents on May 28, New Bedford Police detectives seized oxycodone, fentanyl and crack cocaine along with quantities of cash.

After detectives witnessed an apparent drug transaction on Davis Street, Jose Gonzalez-Delgado, 49, of 1851 Purchase Street, Apt. 38, was charged with trafficking, conspiracy and possession to distribute. Joel Rodriguez, 34, of 89 Collette Street, Apt. 2, was charged with trafficking and conspiracy.

Police seized more than 22 grams of Oxycodone and $640 as a result of the incident.

Also on that day, detectives observed what appeared to be a separate drug transaction occur on Acushnet Avenue near Wood Street. Johnny Veras, 26, of 773 S. First St., Apt. 3, was charged with trafficking, possession to distribute and conspiracy. Veras currently has three open court cases for possession and distribution of Class A drugs in 2018 and home invasion in 2016.

The following was seized during the arrests: 16 grams fentanyl, a small quantity of crack cocaine and $916.

Chief Joseph Cordeiro applauded Narcotics Detectives for their determination and resilience.

“The extraordinary circumstances of COVID-19 has not stopped our detectives from doing incredible work to keep the residents of New Bedford safe,” he said. “They continue to be successful in getting drugs off the streets.”

Police say if you have any information on criminal activity in your community, you can leave an anonymous tip on their voicemail at (508) 991-6300, Ext. 1.

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