New Bedford man arrested with drugs, cash, and illegal firearm

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NEW BEDFORD — Narcotics detectives have taken an 18-year-old man into custody after discovering drugs, money, and an unlicensed firearm during a surveillance operation on Jan. 2.

The operation, targeting drug activities in the north end of New Bedford, led to the arrest of Jordan James of 68 Hathaway St., following observations made by Detective Sergeant Jonathan Lagoa around 6:30 p.m. near Hathaway St. and Ashley Blvd.

Lagoa, who was acting on neighborhood complaints, witnessed a drug transaction and proceeded to stop the vehicle driven by James.

Upon further examination, authorities searched James’ vehicle and apartment, uncovering 27 bags of marijuana totaling roughly 523 grams, 86 grams of psychedelic mushrooms, eight cannabis vapes, scales, and packaging materials typically used in narcotics distribution.

In addition, $1,873 believed to be proceeds from drug sales was seized.

Detectives also found a Polymer-80 handgun equipped with a high-capacity magazine loaded with 10 rounds.

James faces charges for the possession of a high-capacity firearm and ammunition without a license, along with the possession of class D and C substances with intent to distribute.

Despite the legalization of marijuana for sale at licensed dispensaries, law enforcement emphasizes the risks associated with illegal street purchases, such as potential contamination and the sale to underage buyers.

Detective Jonathan Miranda was the arresting officer in the case.

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