New Bedford Fentanyl Trafficker Sentenced to Prison

Bristol County District Attorney’s Office

Thomas M. Quinn III
District Attorney

Press Release
September 22, 2023

A 42-year-old New Bedford Fentanyl trafficker, who at the time of his arrest last December had already not shown up for a similar court case out of Essex County, was sentenced last week in Fall River Superior Court to serve six to eight years in state prison, Bristol County District Attorney Thomas M. Quinn III announced.

Felix Berrios Colon pled guilty to indictments charging him with Trafficking in Fentanyl and Possession with Intent to Distribute Cocaine.

On December 19, 2022, New Bedford Police had a search warrant for 83 Pawnee Court. The target was the defendant, who was using an alias of “Luis Mejias” at that time as it was later determined he is the country illegally. On that date, police conducted search warrant surveillance. They observed the defendant leave the target apartment, at which point they stopped him.

On his person, police located a sock containing a bag of cocaine and $561 in cash. The cocaine was weighed and tested at the lab—confirmed to be cocaine, weighing 7.05 grams. Police proceeded to search the target address. Once inside, police located a significant amount of a powder substance. The defendant made statements indicating some of the powder substance that was located was “not real” and that it was cutting agent. The narcotics seized from the house were tested and weighed and determined to consist of 109.84 grams of Fentanyl and 960.33 grams of caffeine, which is a common cutting agent used in narcotics distribution.  In addition to the 109 grams of fentanyl, 7 grams of cocaine, and cutting agent, police located digital scales and a total of $2,561 in cash.

When the defendant was arrested on this case he was in default on a narcotics trafficking case out of Essex County.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Gillian Kirsch and the state prison sentence was imposed by Judge Valeria Yarashus.

“This defendant was out on bail for trafficking narcotics in another area of the state, failed to appear in court in that mater and then was re-arrested in New Bedford for doing the same thing. He clearly poses a danger to the community and needs to be kept off the street,” District Attorney Quinn said.


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