New Bedford Heroin Trafficker Sentenced to Prison

Bristol County District Attorney’s Office
Thomas M. Quinn III
District Attorney

Press Release
November 18, 2019​​​​

A 26-year-old New Bedford heroin trafficker, who is also awaiting trial on a pending non-fatal shooting case, was sentenced to serve up to four-and-a-half years in state prison last week, Bristol County District Attorney Thomas M. Quinn III announced.

Joshua Perry pleaded guilty in Fall River Superior Court to an indictment charging him with trafficking in excess of 18 grams of heroin.

On September 18, 2017, detectives from the New Bedford Police Department executed a search warrant on 16 Roosevelt Street, Apartment 3. The target of the warrant was the defendant, who was observed by police leaving his apartment and entering his vehicle.  He was immediately stopped by the police and escorted back to his apartment.  During a search of his person, the police discovered 5.1 grams of heroin/fentanyl in his sock in two different bags.  The police also made observations of a planter inside the apartment which matched a second planter located outside of the apartment door.  When the police searched the second planter, they discovered an additional 71.7 grams of heroin/fentanyl.  Both sets of narcotics were tested and they were identical in heroin/fentanyl mix and both were cut with the same cutting agent.  The police also recovered packaging materials, digital scales and other indicia of narcotics distribution in the apartment. 

The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Jason Mohan and the three-and-a-half to four-and-a-half year state prison sentence was imposed by Judge Renee Dupuiss.

While the defendant was out on bail on the drug trafficking case, he was re-arrested in October of 2018 in connection to an October 28, 2018 shooting involving two injured victims on County Street.  In that case, the defendant still faces indictments charging him with five counts of assault with a dangerous weapon, one count of unlawful possession of a large capacity firearm and one count of attempted assault and battery by means of a firearm.  He is set to appear in the shooting case on November 25 for a pretrial conference.

“The defendant is profiting from selling a lethal mix of heroin and fentanyl.  While out on bail, he was charged with a serious shooting. This defendant clearly is a danger to the community,” District Attorney Quinn said.


Gregg Miliote

Director of Communications