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With help from DEA, CINRET, and USPS, largest drug bust in FRPD history leads to arrest of Fall River man

The Fall River Police Department made a record breaking drug bust Friday with some help from multiple agencies.

According to Lieutenant Jay Huard, members of The Fall River Police Department’s Vice and Intelligence Unit , the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Commonwealth Interstate Narcotic Reduction Enforcement Team, and a postal inspector from USPS conducted a search warrant at 313 Sunset Hill.

The primary and subsequent investigations led to the following items being seized:

• Three kilos of cocaine, totaling 3,198 grams of suspected cocaine.
• $ 9,321.00 seized U.S. currency
• 54.54 grams of suspected crack cocaine
• 25.72 grams of suspected cocaine
• Pill bottle containing 20 plastic bags of suspected fentanyl weighing a total of approximately 3.89 grams
• Two black colored digital scales
• 83.15 grams of pills containing compressed fentanyl
• A 400,000 volt stun gun

A total of $9,321.00 in cash located inside of 313 Sunset Hill was entered into evidence. The money is currently being held pending forfeiture proceedings.

Chief Jeffrey Cardoza stated “This is the largest drug seizure in department history. We are fully committed to addressing gun violence and drug trafficking in our community. Our collaboration with the DEA, USPS, State Police, and the District Attorney’s Office will only get better as we look to identify those peddling poison in our city. I want to thank all the investigators that worked so diligently on this case.”

The seizure led to the arrest of Milton Bertrand, 48, of Sunset Hill, on charges of Trafficking Cocaine over 200 grams, Trafficking Class A Drug over 36 grams, Possession of a Non Large Capacity Firearm, and Possession of a Firearm in commission of a Felony.

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