New Bedford cocaine trafficker sentenced to prison

Fall River Justice Center

NEW BEDFORD, M.A (WLNE) – Bristol County Attorney General Thomas M. Quinn III announced that a cocaine trafficker in New Bedford has been sentenced to serve three to five years in state prison.

Donald Venerable, 31, plead guilty in Fall River Superior Court to indictments charging him of trafficking an excess of 18 grams of cocaine, assault and battery on a police officer and assault and battery on a police officer with intent to disarm.

Venerable was the target of a search warrant by New Bedford Police on August 12, 2019. During the search, police located five bags of cocaine totaling 42.9 grams, two digital scales, a cutting agent, $1,865 in cash and a stun gun.

While handcuffed, Venerable lunged and pushed two detectives into a couch. He continually tried fighting with police, even grabbing another detective’s firearm while handcuffed behind his back.

According to police, Venerable appeared intoxicated at the time of the arrest and assault.

Venerable had been released from jail 15 days earlier after being convicted of assault and battery by discharge of a firearm.

“Only 15 days after being placed on probation for assault and firearms charges, the defendant is caught trafficking in cocaine,” said District Attorney Quinn. “The defendant had no intention of obeying the law and is a danger to the community. He belongs off the street to protect the public.”

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