Boston police arrest man with 17 grams of fentanyl in Brighton

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BRIGHTON — Boston Police Department’s Drug Control Unit arrested a 63-year-old Dorchester man on drug trafficking charges Wednesday evening after officers observed a suspected drug transaction in the Brighton neighborhood.

Around 7:23 p.m., officers on patrol near the Fidelis Housing Development, acting on complaints of drug-related activity from the community, spotted a woman behaving suspiciously at the intersection of Melvin Avenue and Commonwealth Avenue.

The woman was seen making several short phone calls and scanning the area before entering a vehicle that had pulled up beside her.

After the woman left the vehicle and headed toward Fidelis Way, officers intervened and discovered crack cocaine on her person.

The Drug Control Unit then called for backup to stop the vehicle involved.

The stop occurred on Commonwealth Avenue at Sidlaw Road, where officers engaged the driver, identified as Ivan Singleton.

Upon his exit from the vehicle, officers found a pill bottle with bags containing substances believed to be fentanyl and crack cocaine.

A subsequent search of Singleton’s vehicle yielded approximately 17 grams of fentanyl, more crack cocaine, various pills, digital scales, unused glass pipes, and other drug paraphernalia, along with $575 in cash.

Singleton was arrested and faces charges including trafficking of class A, distribution of class B, two counts of possession with intent to distribute class B, and possession with intent to distribute class E.

He will be arraigned at Brighton District Court.

The woman involved in the initial transaction will be summoned to court on charges of possession of class B.

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