A 40-year-old New Bedford man, twice arrested for dealing opiates in the region, was sentenced to serve at least two-and-a-half years in state prison last week, the Bristol County District Attorney's Office confirmed.

Henry Barbosa pleaded guilty to separate indictments, charging him with two counts of possession of a Class B drug (Oxycodone) with intent to distribute -- subsequent offense.

On May 30, 2013, at around 1 p.m., a state trooper stopped Barbosa's vehicle on I-195 in Westport after noticing the Acura had no valid inspection sticker. The trooper learned during the stop that Barbosa was driving with an expired license. Barbosa was arrested and a search yielded a white pill bottle with no name or label on it. Inside were 55 Oxycodone pills and Barbosa also had $7,000 cash in his pocket, according to a news release

In February of 2014, after a New Bedford Police Department investigation into the sale of Oxycodone in the city, police used a surveillance warrant to witness a hand-to-hand transaction in a supermarket parking lot, according to the district attorney. Barbosa was arrested. He was found to be in possession of 55 Percocet pills and neatly $3,000 in cash. A search of his residence revealed another $12,000 in cash and a box with six separate bags containing more than 500 Oxycodone pills, according to Quinn.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Jeanne Veenstra. Barbosa was sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison by Judge Thomas McGuire, and placed on probation for two years following his release.

More than $14,000 of the drug proceeds "have been forfeited civilly," the district attorney's office said.