Fall River Fentanyl Dealer Sentenced to Prison

Bristol County District Attorney’s Office

Thomas M. Quinn III

District Attorney​


February 3, 2021​

A 42-year-old Fall River fentanyl dealer connected to a larger drug trafficking group which was operating in and around Fall River during the latter years of last decade was sentenced to serve up to five years in state prison last Thursday, Bristol County District Attorney Thomas M. Quinn III announced.

Charles Belisle pleaded guilty in Fall River Superior Court to indictments charging him with two count of criminal conspiracy to violate the drug laws and one count of possession with intent to distribute fentanyl.

In September 2019, Fall River Police’s Vice Unit and the State Police Detective Unit assigned to the district attorney’s office began a joint investigation into the “Michael Rebello Drug Trafficking Organization,” which was alleged to be selling fentanyl in the Fall River area.  During the course of the probe, investigators gathered enough evidence to obtain a wiretap warrant for Rebello’s phone(s) to identify Rebello’s associates and suppliers. Ultimately wiretap warrants were obtained for seven phones.  

Search and arrest warrants were executed on December 20, 2019, leading to the arrest of several people connected to the drug ring.

This defendant, Charles Belisle, was associated with Rebello but operating separately from him.  They were both buying fentanyl from a supplier in Rhode Island.  From November 20, 2019, to the end of the investigation, this defendant was heard making arrangements for drug purchases on a regular basis. 

On the day of his arrest, this defendant was arrested at 61 Covel Street, and found with close to $3,000 in his possession.  Approximately 1,200 blue glassine baggies of fentanyl (roughly 24 grams), were also seized.  The cash has subsequently been forfeited.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Daniel Walsh, and the three-and-a-half to five years state prison term was imposed by Judge Renee Dupuis.

“Theses convictions were obtained as a result of a court-ordered wiretap relating to the sale of fentanyl in the city of Fall River. I am pleased that the defendant was held accountable for selling the lethal drug  fentanyl, which he was profiting from. He has a lengthy criminal record,” District Attorney Quinn said. 


Gregg Miliote

Director of Communications