Month-long investigation leads to drug arrest

May 10, 2024

NEW BEDFORD — Dartmouth Police’s Special Operations Division, which was assisting with a month-long drug investigation, helped execute an arrest warrant for Shawn Pontes, 41, of New Bedford on Thursday, May 9, according to the Dartmouth Police Department.

The arrest was made alongside Massachusetts State Troopers assigned to the Bristol County State Police Detective Unit at a residence on Hillman Street in New Bedford at approximately 11:25 a.m., according to police.

The arrest came after an April 26 search warrant for the same location revealed 22.5 grams of suspected powder cocaine, 36 grams of suspected crack cocaine, 22.6 grams of suspected fentanyl, 14 grams of suspected methamphetamine, numerous other pills suspected to be Oxycontin, Suboxone and Xanax, a digital scale and other suspected drug equipment commonly used for street-level sales of narcotics, according to Dartmouth Police.

Pontes is being charged with trafficking fentanyl, trafficking cocaine, possession Class B, possession Class B (subsequent offense), two counts of possession with intent to distribute Class B, two counts of possession with intent to distribute Class B (subsequent offense), possession of Class E, distributing Class A (subsequent offense) and possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, according to police.