New Bedford man faces drug, weapon charges after Yarmouth traffic stop

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SOUTH YARMOUTH — A routine traffic stop led to the arrest of a New Bedford man on drug and weapon charges Monday afternoon near the Bass River Bridge, Yarmouth Police reported.

Yarmouth Police Detectives pulled over a car for speeding and subsequently deployed a narcotics detection canine after detecting signs of drug activity.

The canine, K9 Gauge, uncovered a quantity of crack cocaine on the passenger, identified as 20-year-old Jatee Burch of New Bedford.

In addition to the drugs, detectives confiscated a spring-assisted knife and an undisclosed sum of cash from Burch.

He was taken into custody and charged with Possession of Class B (crack cocaine) with Intent to Distribute and Carrying a Dangerous Weapon.

Burch is scheduled for arraignment at Barnstable District Court on Tuesday.

The driver, whose identity was not released, received a citation for speeding.

The Yarmouth Police Department encourages anyone seeking further information to reach out to their Public Information Officer, Officer Nicholas Giammarco, at 508-775-0445 ext. 2136.

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