New Bedford drug dealer with violent history gets jail time

NEW BEDFORD – A New Bedford drug dealer who assaulted a fellow inmate in Bristol County Jail in Dartmouth will serve five to seven years in state prison after being convicted last Friday.

The Bristol County District Attorney’s Office said Joshua Sullivan, 27, had a “history of violence”.

Sullivan pleaded guilty to trafficking cocaine, possession of MDMA, and illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition.

He also admitted to having been charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and assault and battery.

New Bedford Police caught Sullivan last year while searching for two addresses on Linden Street.

On March 10, 2020, officers found approximately 250 MDMA pills, 26 grams of cocaine and crack, 11 suboxone tablets and a loaded .22 caliber Ruger as well as several scales, cut-wedge bags and more than 1,300 $ in cash.

When arrested, the accused was on probation in Middlesex County in connection with a drug theft which resulted in a gunshot in the person.

On June 1, 2020, while Sullivan was incarcerated at Bristol County Reformatory in Dartmouth, he joined another inmate in ganging up and violently assaulting a third inmate.

“The accused has an important record, including probation for serious offenses in two courts when he committed these offenses,” Bristol County Prosecutor Thomas Quinn said. “He was not dissuaded from being on probation and even beat another inmate while in custody on these charges.”

“He is clearly a danger to the community and should be kept off the streets,” Quinn added.

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