A Massachusetts driver and passenger are facing serious criminal charges after a traffic stop in New Bedford. The traffic stop was initiated after law enforcement from the Narcotics and Gang Unit witnessed an alleged drug transaction take place. After stopping the vehicle and searching it, police arrested two individuals who are now facing various drug trafficking charges.
Law enforcement reports finding a significant amount of illegal drugs and prescription medication in the vehicle. They list finding substances that include large quantities of Percocet pills, fentanyl, cocaine and almost $1,000 in cash. Police state they found the drugs hidden in the vehicle in an improvised container made from a soda can.
When someone is arrested with a significant amount of specific types of drugs or controlled substances, it is likely that individual will be charged with trafficking and intent to distribute. These are serious felony offenses, and the two defendants face the potential of time behind bars and other significant penalties. One of the defendants has a previous drug conviction on his record from 2018, which could affect the current case against him.
Drug trafficking charges carry the potential for consequences that may have significant effects on a Massachusetts defendant’s future. These two defendants will find it beneficial to seek the counsel of an experienced defense attorney at this time, working to develop a strategy that allows them to effectively confront the cases against them. They both have the right to a presumption of innocence until and unless proven guilty, as well as the right to challenge these criminal charges in court.