Following an overdose, an East Falmouth man was arrested on fentanyl trafficking and drug distribution charges.
At 11:22 AM on Tuesday, December 31, police responded to an overdose at an East Falmouth Highway residence. Police Lieutenant Douglas M. DeCosta said the victim, Ronald J. Renaud, 42, of Red Brook Road, East Falmouth, was uncooperative with responding fire department medics. Because of his behavior at the scene, police officers accompanied him to Falmouth Hospital.
“Once arriving, I was notified by the officers that Falmouth Hospital security officer Thomas Bilodeau searched Renaud’s person on arrival and found in his right pants pocket two large tied glassine bags of possible narcotics,” Detective Christopher P. Bartolomei wrote in his report.
The security officer also found a cell phone, a wallet and a “large sum of cash.” Detective Bartolomei examined this evidence.
“I was shown the bags and identified the larger whitish/light brown bag, based on my training and experience, to be heroin/fentanyl, and the smaller white bag to be, again from my training and experience, to be cocaine,” he wrote. “The two bags were tied in the unique fashion to the drug trade and was similar to narcotics that I have purchased or seized in my 15 years of doing narcotics work.”
Police arrested Mr. Renaud for trafficking more than 10 grams of fentanyl, possession to distribute cocaine (subsequent offense), possession of a Class B drug (subsequent offense) and on the probation violation warrant.
Police seized 18 grams of fentanyl, eight grams of cocaine and $3,272.
“I asked [Mr. Renaud] what he had on him and he stated a black wallet with cash and a cell phone,” Detective Bartolomei wrote. “I asked him how much money he had and he stated he did not have a clue. I asked for a rough number and he stated he had no idea. I questioned him on the bag of heroin/fentanyl and cocaine, and he stated it was not his and did not know what I was talking about.”
Detective Bartolomei wrote that police also found three Suboxone packets in Mr. Renaud’s wallet. The seized drugs will be sent to the Massachusetts State Police lab for testing.
Mr. Renaud was arraigned in Falmouth District Court on Thursday. He will return to court for a probable cause hearing on January 30. His bail was set at $50,000.