Taunton man sentenced for trafficking heroin and cocaine

TAUNTON, MASS (WLNE) – A 35-year old Taunton man was sentenced to serve five to seven years for trafficking heroin and cocaine.

James Mitchell pleaded guilty in Fall River Superior Court to indictments charging him with trafficking 18 grams of heroin and 36 grams of cocaine.

On September 3, 2019, Rehoboth Police stopped Mitchell’s vehicle on Route 44 due to damaged headlights.

Mitchell then drove away as an officer approached the vehicle.

The officer got back in his vehicle and pursued Mitchell on Route 118, where he observed him stop in the middle of the road.

He then observed Mitchell switch to the passenger seat and the front seat passenger exited the car and approached the driver’s seat.

The officer ordered both individuals and a third passenger to the ground.

Police determined Mitchell had a suspended driver’s license.

Mitchell was placed under arrest.

Then, Rehoboth Police performed an inventory of the car.

Police found a fanny pack with two digital scales and $293.39 in cash.

Police also located a safe in the vehicle.

Police later obtained a search warrant for the safe, and a search revealed additional drugs in a Coca Cola Can hide, as well as $4200 in cash. 

Police seized a total amount of 108.36 grams of cocaine and 50.46 grams of heroin.

“The defendant has a history of drug dealing and a significant criminal record. I am pleased he will be off the street for up to seven years to protect the public,” District Attorney Quinn said.

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