Mashpee man detained for heroin trafficking, ammunition possession

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MASHPEE — A Mashpee man was ordered held without bail after being charged with trafficking a significant amount of heroin and illegal possession of ammunition, authorities said Thursday.

Jarran Watkins, 36, was deemed dangerous and detained following his arrest on charges of trafficking more than 200 grams of heroin and possessing ammunition without the required permit, according to Cape & Islands District Attorney Robert J. Galibois.

The arrest came after a Dec. 19 operation where DEA Cape Cod Drug Task Force members served a search warrant on two properties in Mashpee, targeting Watkins.

The search led to the discovery of a large sum of money and approximately 222 grams of a substance believed to be fentanyl, along with several rounds of ammunition.

Watkins does not have the licenses required to carry or possess ammunition.

The investigation was spearheaded by the Federal Drug Task Force with a search warrant affidavit provided by Detective Sullivan from the Dennis Police Department.

Support came from multiple agencies, including the Barnstable Sheriff’s Department and local police departments.

Assistant District Attorney Michael Giardino is set to prosecute the case, with Watkins expected to return to Falmouth District Court on Jan. 23, 2024, for a Probable Cause Hearing.

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