Boston officers seize large quantities of drugs, arrest suspect on trafficking charges

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BOSTON — Boston Police Department’s Youth Violence Strike Force arrested a man from Brockton on drug trafficking charges after recovering significant amounts of fentanyl and cocaine in Mattapan on Friday evening.

At about 7:10 p.m., officers patrolling Morton Street noticed a vehicle with heavily tinted windows.

A check of the car’s registration showed it was wanted in connection with an armed robbery in Rhode Island.

The suspect vehicle was later stopped at a bus stop near the intersection of Morton Street and Blue Hill Avenue after police activated their cruiser’s emergency lights and sirens.

Paulo Barbosa, 23, was asked to exit the vehicle by officers.

During a frisk, officers discovered a large plastic bag on Barbosa’s person, which contained what appeared to be narcotics.

The bag held seven bags of fentanyl, fifty-three bags of crack cocaine, and twenty-two fentanyl pills, weighing approximately 16.6 grams and 41.5 grams, respectively.

Additionally, $520 in cash was seized.

Barbosa has been charged with trafficking Class A and Class B substances, specifically fentanyl and cocaine.

He is scheduled for arraignment at Dorchester District Court.

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