FALMOUTH - Three people were arrested Friday after Falmouth police conducted a drug raid at 14 Saint Anne's Lane in Teaticket. According to a Falmouth police release, Falmouth police obtained the search warrant based on information developed during a one-month investigation.
According to the release, during the investigation, police reportedly learned that cocaine, heroin and fentanyl* (aka China White) was being sold from the home.
A search of the Saint Anne's Lane home by Falmouth officers and members of the Cape Cod Narcotics Task Force yielded unidentified quantities of cocaine and marijuana and one .38 caliber bullet.
Police arrested three men, 34-year-old David Brasil, 33-year-old Stephen Silva and 36-year-old Duke Mendoza, all of Falmouth and transported them to the Falmouth Police Station for booking. Brasil was charged with trafficking a Class B substance (cocaine), possession of a Class D substance (marijuana), conspiracy to violate the Controlled Substance Act and operating with a suspended license after having been seen driving prior to the raid. Silva was charged with trafficking a Class B substance (cocaine), possession of ammunition with a firearms ID card, possession of a Class D substance (marijuana) with intent to distribute and conspiracy to violate the Controlled Substance Act. Mendoza was charged with trafficking a Class B substance (cocaine) and possession of a Class D substance (marijuana) with intent to distribute.
While driving to the Falmouth Police Station with $5,000 in bail money, an unidentified female was stopped and a Barnstable County Sheriff's Office K9 detected drug residue on the cash meant for one of the suspects. The cash was seized as evidence, according to police.
*Fentanyl, according to the DEA, is about 80 times more potent than morphine. Like heroin, it can be injected (most common), snorted or smoked. Fentanyl is a synthetic opiate analgesic. It has a similar effect as heroin, but with a much greater potency. It is also often mixed with inferior heroin to increase the effect. Street names other than China White include Apache, Dance Fever, Murder 8 and Tango and Cash, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse.