After a six month long investigation members of several law enforcement agencies, both federal and state made several arrests in connection with alleged cocaine trafficking activities in New Bedford, Massachusetts and throughout Bristol County. The target of the investigation was Paul J. Pereira, 35, of 67 Lindsey St., New Bedford. Earlier in the year police officers received information that Pereira was dealing cocaine and pills. In July of this year the investigation led the authorities to wiretap warrants on Pereira’s telephone and the phone of Michael Martin, a drug supplier. The monitored telephone conversations resulted in the issuance of arrest warrants and search warrants at various locations throughout Bristol County. Drug purchasers and dealers alike were arrested and charged as a result of this investigation. At Pereira’s home police seized shotguns, handguns, and ammunition. Pereira was arrested carrying a large sum of cash and some crack cocaine. The investigation led to the seizure of over two hundred grams of cocaine, twenty four firearms, ammunition and drug paraphernalia. Once this case is billed by a grand jury Pereira will be prosecuted in the New Bedford Superior Court. The most serious charge will likely be Trafficking Over 200 Grams of Cocaine.
The strength of the district attorney’s case will lie primarily in the validity of the wiretap warrant and the search warrants that were issued. Wiretaps can issue in Massachusetts only after an application and with a showing by the applicant that there is probable cause to believe that a designated offense has been, is being, or is about to be committed and that evidence of the commission of such an offense may thus be obtained or that information which will aid in the apprehension of a person who the applicant has probable cause to believe has committed, is committing, or is about to commit a designated offense may thus be obtained; and with a showing that normal investigative procedures have been tried and have failed or reasonably appear unlikely to succeed if tried. If through a Motion to Suppress a judge determines that the warrant should not have issued then all of the information obtained from the telephone conversations will be stricken and cannot be used as evidence.
For over twenty years we have been filing Motions to Suppress in drug cases. We have won these motions countless times and virtually each time the result has been a dismissal of the case. If you have been charged with a Drug Crime in Massachusetts call us at 617-263-6800 or contact us online.