Two New Bedford Men Arrested While Allegedly Cooking Crack
NEW BEDFORD — New Bedford detectives have arrested two city men on a variety of drugs charges after they allegedly walked in on the men while they were processing cocaine into crack.
Police said the organized crime detectives entered a 31 Crapo St. apartment with a search warrant on Feb. 4.
They were looking for 40-year-old Wilson Andino — and they found him along with 25-year-old Philips Avenue resident Daarnez Ramos in the apartment.
Also in the apartment were two pots of boiling water on the stove, with loose cocaine and a measuring cup, according to police.
Police said the boiling water and loose cocaine suggested that the men were about to process the cocaine into crack.
According to police, the detectives also found 100 grams of cocaine, 176 grams of fentanyl, and Percocet, Xanax, and methamphetamine in the home.
The drugs were found along with cutting agent, packaging materials, a digital scale and $3,867 in cash, according to police.
Police seized the money as proceeds from illicit drug dealing.
At the time of the raid, Andino was wanted on three active arrest warrants, police said.
He also has previous convictions for narcotics-related charges, as does Ramos.
Both men are being charged with a variety of narcotics offenses including trafficking more than 100 grams of cocaine, trafficking more than 100 grams of fentanyl, and conspiracy to violate controlled substance laws.
They are also being charged with possession with intent to distribute Xanax, Percocet, and methamphetamine.
New Bedford Police Detective Nathan Goncalo investigated the case.