A Medford man was arraigned on drug trafficking charges Thursday after he was found to be in possession of more than 330 grams of fentanyl, announced Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan on Thursday.
Kelvin Concepcion-Soto, 24, was charged with trafficking fentanyl, possession with intent to distribute fentanyl, distribution of fentanyl, and two counts of possession with intent to distribute cocaine, said the statement.
Concepcion-Soto’s bail has been set at $100,000.
He is due back in court on Feb. 28.
In August 2016, Medford Police Detectives witnessed Concepcion-Soto conduct an alleged drug deal with an unnamed buyer. Upon searching the buyer, the detectives found four bags of heroin that were sold by Concepcion-Soto.
The detectives stopped Concepcion-Soto’s vehicle shortly after they witnessed the alleged drug deal and found 12 bags of fentanyl and 2 bags of cocaine.
They then searched his home and allegedly found 117 bags of fentanyl, a net total of 336.7 grams. Authorities also found items indicating the sale of drugs including cutting agents, plastic bags, and a scale.
According to Middlesex District Attorney’s Office, an increase in fatal drug overdoses has been witnessed due to an influx of fentanyl laced heroin.
“Fentanyl is a very powerful synthetic opioid that has been found in an increasing number of overdose deaths across the state, said District Attorney Marian Ryan. “As part of our multi-pronged approach to this epidemic, we continue to target large-scale drug distribution operations, like this one, in an effort to get more illicit drugs off our streets and out of our communities”
According to the statement, Drug traffickers frequently mix fentanyl with heroin, which puts the user at a greater risk because fentanyl is up to 50 times more potent than heroin and ingesting 0.25 milligrams can be deadly.