Three arrested on drug charges in New Bedford – News –

New Bedford detectives bust fentanyl service - News -

Three arrested on drug charges in New Bedford – News –

NEW BEDFORD — Gang Unit detectives seized fentanyl, cash and arrested a man after observing a suspected drug deal Tuesday in the city’s North End, court records say.

Jeffrey A. Stamant, 39, of 87 P.O. Box 40383, New Bedford, was arrested and charged with possession with intent to distribute fentanyl, according to the New Bedford Police Department logs and New Bedford District Court records.

Stamant was arraigned Tuesday in New Bedford District Court and ordered held on $1,500 cash bail by Judge Robert S. Ovoian. The judge also gave Stamant a bail revocation order and continued the case until July 26 for a pre-trial hearing.

An undercover detective observed Stamant in a suspected narcotics transaction about 1:40 p.m. at Church and Davis streets, according to court documents. Detectives stopped him and found a plastic bag with three plastic bags of fentanyl. The bags of fentanyl weighed 2.8 grams.

Detectives also found a digital scale, small zip lock bags and $520 in cash, court records say. The district attorney’s office filed a motion on Tuesday, seeking the forfeiture of the cash seized from Stamant.

In another incident, Gang Unit detectives arrested two repeat offenders on new drug charges Tuesday, court records say.

Ray M. Vargas, 48, of 46 Walker St., New Bedford, is charged with unlawful possession of Suboxone film strips; unlawful possesesion of a Class B substance, subsequent offense; and conspiracy to violate the drug laws, court records say. Vargas has a conviction for possession of a Class B substance, dating back to Dec. 26, 1989.

Also, Jessica Belcher, 29, of the same Walker Street address, is charged with possession of crack cocaine and possession of a Class B suubstance, subsequent offense, according to court records. Belcher has a conviction for possession of a Class B substance, dating back to April 22, 2019.

Gang Unit detectives and members of the New Bedford Police Department’s narcotics unit, Organized Crime Intelligence Bureau, observed Belcher coming from a known drug house in the 200 block of Sawyer Street with her right hand clenched, court records say.

Belcher walked to the intersection of Sawyer Street and Acushnet Avenue where she met Vargas, her boyfriend, and showed him what was in her right hand, court records say. They walked north on Acushnet Avenue and were stopped by detectives at Nye Street.

Belcher dropped the loose crack cocaine that was in her hand on the ground when she was confronted by detectives and was arrested, according to court records. Detectives then searched Vargas and found a suboxone film strip.

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