A 32-year-old Fall River man arrested twice within a just over six month time frame for trafficking large amounts of cocaine was sentenced to serve five to eight years in state prison recently, Bristol County District Attorney Thomas M. Quinn III announced.
Bryan Semidey pleaded guilty on May 17th to two indictments charging him with two counts of trafficking in excess of 36 grams of cocaine.
On May 22, 2019 the Fall River Police Department’s Vice Unit executed a search warrant for Semidey at a Fourth Street apartment in Fall River. At 1:30 p.m., the detectives entered the apartment with K9 Capone assisting in the search of the apartment. In the basement, after being alerted by the K9, police located a bag with approximately 300 grams of cocaine in it hidden behind some bricks. Two more bags of cocaine and a scale were found behind a picture in the hallway outside of Semidey’s apartment. $1,129 in cash was also recovered. Once the items were sent to the lab, Semidey’s fingerprints were found on one of the bags hidden in the hallway.
After being released on bail, the defendant was again arrested on December 4, 2019. Fall River Police once again executed a search warrant at the same apartment and found 205 grams of cocaine, two digital scales, baking soda, packaging material and $6,451 in cash.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Daniel Walsh and the state prison sentence was imposed by Judge Renee Dupuis.
“The defendant continued to sell drugs while out on release for another drug trafficking case. Large amounts of drugs were seized in both cases. The defendant needs to be kept off the streets to protect the public,” District Attorney Quinn said.