Boston police arrest man on drug trafficking charges

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BOSTON — Boston Police Department’s Drug Control Unit arrested a man Friday night on charges of trafficking fentanyl after an ongoing drug investigation.

At about 7:30 p.m., officers from District E-13 (Jamaica Plain) and the City-Wide Drug Control Unit took 43-year-old Isreal Alicea of Boston into custody on drug trafficking charges in the vicinity of 35 Northampton Street.

Alicea was observed exiting a building and walking towards a vehicle on Washington Street.

The vehicle, which had been idling with hazard lights on, was followed by officers as it drove toward Melnea Cass Boulevard and made several turns before Alicea exited near Ramsey Park.

Suspecting a drug transaction had occurred, police stopped the vehicle at the Massachusetts Avenue Connector and Southampton Street.

Upon searching the vehicle, officers found multiple bags of substances believed to be fentanyl and cocaine.

A further stop of Alicea at 2300 Washington Street led to the recovery of more drugs, including one large and 38 small bags of fentanyl, totaling approximately 53 grams, and four bags of cocaine, along with $309 in cash.

Alicea faces charges including trafficking of class A, possession with intent to distribute class A, distribution of class A, and distribution of class B drugs.

He is expected to be arraigned in Roxbury District Court.

A second individual involved was cited for drug possession and released at the scene.

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