NEW BEDFORD (WBSM) — A New Bedford man that police say has a history of drug charges going back to 1994 was arrested Friday on multiple new cocaine charges.

According to New Bedford Police, Detective Drew Frenette recently concluded his investigation into a cocaine distribution service allegedly operated by Roger Goncalves, 51, out of 19 Cotter Street, Apartment No. 1.

Police executed a search warrant at 5 p.m. on June 30 and Goncalves was stopped by detectives shortly after leaving his residence. According to police, he was found with 3.5 grams of cocaine in his possession.

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They said a search of his apartment turned up eight plastic baggies of cocaine weighing about 235 grams, along with two digital scales, a cutting agent, packaging materials and $2,686 in cash.

Goncalves was arrested and charged with trafficking more than 200 grams of cocaine, possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, and habitual criminal penalty enhancement, police said.

Goncalves was mostly recently convicted of possession of a Class B substance with intent to distribute in 2012. He also had a 2004 conviction for trafficking a Class B substance and possession of a firearm with a large capacity feeding device, and a 1994 conviction for possession of cocaine with intent to distribute.

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