New Bedford man arrested with guns, drugs

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NEW BEDFORD — A north-end New Bedford man with a history of firearm convictions was arrested Monday after police found a cache of guns, narcotics, and cash in his home.

Detectives executed a search warrant at 818 Tarkiln Hill Rd. on Jan. 8, targeting 32-year-old Earl Garner.

The search resulted in the discovery of 396 grams of cocaine, 142 grams of fentanyl, 4.6 grams of crack cocaine, and Suboxone strips.

Authorities also seized cutting agents, packaging materials, digital scales, and other items used in drug sales.

In addition to drugs, officers found four firearms, including an AK pistol with a 30-round magazine, a stolen .380 Smith & Wesson handgun from Georgia, and two 9mm pistols with ammunition.

Over $79,000 in cash, believed to be proceeds from illegal sales, was also confiscated.

Garner, who has prior firearms-related convictions in Brockton District Court and Bristol Superior Court, was on electronic monitoring for a separate firearm charge in Malden District Court at the time of his arrest.

He now faces charges including trafficking over 200 grams of cocaine, trafficking over 100 grams of fentanyl, and four counts of firearm possession.

New Bedford Police Chief Paul Oliveira expressed satisfaction with the operation’s outcome, emphasizing the importance of removing dangerous drugs and illegal firearms from the community.

Detective Lorenzo Gonzalez was the arresting officer.

The New Bedford Police Department encourages anyone with information to contact them by calling 508-99-CRIME.

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