DARTMOUTH — The arraignment of a former Dartmouth town employee caught selling some of his Suboxone prescription to another town employee was continued until next month, the DA's office said.
The arraignment of Paul Andrade, 42, of Fall River will now be held Aug. 22 in New Bedford District Court, according to Chris Abreu, a prosecutor. Andrade is charged with distribution of Suboxone and conspiracy to violate the drug laws, according to court records.
Andrade's lawyer, Joseph Silvia, requested the continuance, the prosecutor said. Silvia declined to discuss the reason for his request.
According to court documents, Andrade, a Water Department employment, was selling a large amount of his Suboxone prescription to Carolyn Oliveira, who worked in the collector's office at Dartmouth Town Hall. Both employees have resigned their jobs, according to Dartmouth Town Administrator David G. Cressman.
Dartmouth police sought charges against Andrade and Oliveira, but an assistant clerk magistrate only found probable cause to charge Andrade.
According to court documents, he had been selling her Suboxone strips for three years, most of the time during clandestine meetings where he leave would Suboxone strips in her vehicle and pick up the cash she left, court documents said.
Andrade told police he sold Oliveira some of his Suboxone prescription for $10 a strip, court documents say. He would sell her about 52 strips a month for $520 and had been selling to her for “probably about three years.” He said his prescription is for 60 Suboxone strips a month and sometimes he would leave the drugs in her vehicle and other times she would pick them up at his home.
Police also spoke with Oliveira and she said she has been buying Suboxone strips them “on a monthly basis for some time now.”
— Curt Brown