According to recent reports, a 40-year-old Quincy man has been arrested on several drug charges, including trafficking fentanyl, possession with intent to distribute a class B drug and possession with intent to distribute class D drugs, which are prescription medications. The class B drug was crack cocaine.
On Wednesday, September 25, at approximately 4:45 p.m. an undercover officer allegedly observed the man selling drugs to a 26-year-old man on Greenleaf Street. That buyer was not a Quincy resident, but instead resides in Attleboro. Officers approached and arrested the suspect when he returned to his vehicle. There, they searched and seized a backpack that allegedly contained a plethora of drugs, including 17 grams of Fentanyl, Adderall pills, Gabapentin pills, 19 grams of crack cocaine and Suboxone strips, along with other drug paraphernalia used for distribution.
In Massachusetts, the penalty for possession with intent to distribute a class B drug, such as crack cocaine, is a two and a half year prison sentence and a fine of no less than $1,000, but up to $10,000 for a first offense. If the offense is a second or subsequent offense, an offender may be sentenced to three to 10 years in state prison, with fines of $2,500 to $25,000. In addition, a driver’s license will be suspended for a mandatory three year period. In this case, this would be the sentencing guidelines for the crack cocaine charge alone, not even taking into consideration the other charges.
A criminal defendant who is facing charges of this magnitude may want to work on options to reduce the charges or shorten a prison sentence through a potential plea bargain. A strong criminal defense strategy is crucial.