FALL RIVER — A New Bedford repeat convicted drug dealer is heading to prison for three to five years after pleading guilty to multiple drug charges and to assaulting a state trooper.

The Bristol County District Attorney’s Office says Nicholas Beiruti, 29, pleaded guilty in Fall River Superior Court to indictments charging him with possession with intent to distribute cocaine, possession with intent to distribute fentanyl, and assault and battery on a police officer.

The charges date back to August 31, 2019, when Beiruti was a passenger in a vehicle that was pulled over by a Massachusetts State Trooper in New Bedford for having no inspection sticker. The trooper reported Beiruti was “acting extremely nervous” when police approached the vehicle, and that the trooper recognized him as a known drug dealer on probation for a drug-dealing conviction.

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The trooper reported that Beiruti was visibly sweating, breathing heavily and appeared to be trying to conceal something in the back seat. He was removed from the vehicle and patted down, and a bag of suspected narcotics was found on his person. As the officer tried to remove the bag from Beiruti’s pants, Beiruti began kicking the trooper and bit his finger.

Troopers secured Beiruti and removed the bag from his pants, and it turned out to be a large bag containing six smaller baggies of fentanyl and nine baggies of crack cocaine. Police also seized over $3,000 in cash.

The D.A.’s Office says Beiruti has an eight-page criminal record dating back to 2006, with numerous arrests and convictions for drug-related offenses.

"The defendant, who has a history of drug dealing, continued to sell fentanyl and cocaine while already on probation for selling drugs,” District Attorney Thomas M. Quinn III said. “This is a defendant who persists in drug dealing and needs to be kept off the street.”

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