Fall River drug busts net nearly 500 bags of Fentanyl and over 60 grams of cocaine

Joan Rezendes, Paul Chasse, Michael Klein (Fall River PD.)

In a series of drug busts on the same day, the Fall River Police Department netted nearly 500 bags of Fentanyl and around 61 grams of cocaine among other substances.

Monday was a busy day for the Vice unit.

After receiving a tip of a large Fentanyl purchase, the department says their officers were in place to stop a brown Hyundai exiting Route 195.

Police say they approached the stopped vehicle, with occupants Joan Rezendes, 58, and 23-year-old Paul Chasse, and began questioning them about their purchase.

The department claims Chasse admitted to obtaining 5 bricks of Fentanyl and having 3 bricks in his underwear. According to Fall River Police, a brick is equal to 50 bags.

Police say that Rezendes stated that she had snorted a few bags given to her by Chasse for driving him.

In all police say they located 480 bags of Fentanyl from the individuals and the vehicle.

On the same day, officers served a search warrant on Michael Klein, 41 of Fall River.

In the 162 Cory Street property, Fall River police say they found 61.3 grams of cocaine distributed in six bags. They also found 12 suboxone strips, 11 tablets of suspected Lorazepam. Police say they also found two scales, two cell phones and other items they did not list.

Rezendes and Chasse are charged with Possess to Distribute a Class A substance and Conspiracy.

Klein is charged with Trafficking in Cocaine, possession of a Class B substance and possession of a Class E substance.


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