New Bedford police arrest three people for smuggling fentanyl

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Three people were arrested for dealing fentanyl on Tuesday after New Bedford police carried out two raids on the same shift, removing more than 400 grams of the drug from the streets.

On January 12, detectives assigned to the Organized Crime Intelligence Bureau and led by Det. Lavar Gilbert executed a search warrant at 161 Fillmore Street in the Presidential Heights subdivision. Investigation target Yamil Anthony Velzquez Acevedo, 26, and his roommate, Lucia Perez Cruz, 47, were taken into custody after police said a search of the apartment revealed 196 grams of fentanyl. Acevedo and Cruz have been charged with trafficking fentanyl over 100 grams and conspiracy.

Police say Acevedo has three open cases in Bristol Superior Court and was last arrested in January 2021 for trafficking more than 36 grams of fentanyl, in addition to other narcotics-related charges. He was housebound and monitored by GPS at the time of Tuesday’s arrest.

Later that day, narcotics sleuths led by Det. Timothy Soares executed a search warrant at 41 Campbell Street targeting 22-year-old Rory Barrows. Police said a search of the residence revealed 229 grams of fentanyl along with cutting agent and packaging materials, and that Barrows was also in possession of crack cocaine. Police also seized $1,070 in cash.

According to police, Barrows is currently on probation at Bristol Superior Court. He has two open cases in New Bedford District Court and two open cases in Wareham District Court. He is now charged with trafficking over 200 grams of fentanyl and possession of crack cocaine with intent to distribute.

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