Two Arrested in New Bedford Fentanyl Bust
NEW BEDFORD — Two New Bedford residents have been arrested for trafficking over 200 grams of fentanyl — and one man allegedly threw a package of drugs over a wall — in a bust yesterday.
New Bedford police said that detectives investigating a city fentanyl distribution service searched a Division Street apartment on Tuesday.
They arrested 37-year-old New Bedford woman Frances Justiniano and 22-year-old Christopher Lara, who was later identified by state police as Isaiac Sanchez-Lara, following the search.
Detectives allegedly found 36 plastic bags of fentanyl weighing more than 163 grams and plastic bags with nearly 39 grams of cocaine in the apartment.
They also allegedly found $1,010 thought to be profits from drug dealing along with cell phones, packaging materials, cutting agent, and a blender with drug residue.
Police said Sanchez-Lara had also thrown a package containing nearly 72 grams of fentanyl over a wall on County Street just prior to the search.
After finding several different identification documents for Sanchez-Lara, police took him to a local state police station to be fingerprinted, where they were able to determine his true identity.
Both Justiniano and Sanchez-Lara have been charged with trafficking 200 or more grams of fentanyl, 36 grams or more of cocaine, and conspiracy to violate drug laws.
Sanchez-Lara was also charged with providing false identification.