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State Police arrest New Bedford man on several drug trafficking charges following routine traffic stop

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Nathaniel Ojuri, 29, of New Bedford was arrested by Massachusetts State Police on several drug trafficking charges following a traffic stop on Route 24 near Taunton. State Police have released the following statement detailing the situation.

Shortly after 4:30 p.m. on October 9, Trooper Jorden Turner, a recent graduate of the 88th Recruit Training Troop, and his Field Training Officer, Trooper Mitchell Lamoureux, assigned to State Police-Middleboro, were patrolling Route 24 in Taunton.

At that time they conducted an electronic RMV inquiry on a gray Nissan Altima, the results of which revealed the operator of the vehicle had a suspended driver’s license. Trooper Turner activated his cruiser’s blue lights and stopped the Nissan on Route 24 southbound prior to Exit 17.

Upon the vehicle coming to a full stop, both Troopers approached it and confirmed the operator’s identity as NATHANIEL OJURI, 29, of New Bedford. Due to OJURI’s suspended driver’s license, he was removed from the vehicle and placed under arrest, then seated in the rear of a cruiser. OJURI was the sole occupant of the vehicle, as such, a tow truck was dispatched to the scene in order to remove it.

Prior to loading the vehicle on to the tow truck, the Troopers conducted an inventory of its contents. During the inventory, Troopers located numerous packages and baggies of various substances suspected to be a combination of Fentanyl, Cocaine, Crack Cocaine, Methamphetamine, Marijuana, and prescription pills. Additionally, the Troopers located a large amount of empty clear plastic bags, a digital scale, rubber bands, and numerous other items commonly used in the packaging and distribution of illegal narcotics.

OJURI was transported to the Middleboro Barracks for booking. A bail commissioner was contacted and set bail at $10,000. OJURI was eventually transported to the Ash Street Jail pending his arraignment at Taunton District Court on the following charges:

1. Operating a Motor Vehicle with a Suspended License;
2. Trafficking in Fentanyl;
3. Trafficking in Cocaine;
4. Trafficking in Methamphetamine;
5. Possession of a Class A Substance with Intent to Distribute, subsequent offense;
6. Possession of a Class B Substance with Intent to Distribute, subsequent offense;
7. Possession of a Class D Substance with Intent to Distribute, subsequent offense;
8. Possession of a Class C Substance with Intent to Distribute; and,
9. Possession of a Class E Substance with Intent to Distribute.

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