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Woman accused of selling cocaine allegedly had 3-month-old child in car when arrested

A Fall River woman’s 3-month-old baby was in the vehicle when she was pulled over and arrested for allegedly dealing cocaine on behalf of her incarcerated boyfriend, police said.

Jessica Walton, 22, was charged with conspiracy to violate drug laws, trafficking in cocaine, possession of marijuana, heroin, and Suboxone. Prior to her arrest, Walton was wanted on an outstanding warrant for conspiracy to violate the drug law, according to police.

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She is accused of selling drugs for her boyfriend, Nazario Garate, who is currently in jail, police said.

According to Falmouth District Attorney Mike Donovan, Walton pleaded not guilty in Falmouth District Court yesterday and is due back in court for a pre-trial hearing on March 30.

Walton was arrested Friday along with Niko Kersey, 23, of Falmouth, who police said had an outstanding warrant for receiving stolen property over $250. Police said Kersey was also in the car when the arrest occurred.

Police reported that together, Walton and Kersey were in possession of $640 of cash, 49 Percocet pills, 26.6 grams of powder and crack cocaine separated into 44 bags, 11.8 grams of marijuana, 19 Suboxone pills, and 13 grams of heroin separated into 43 bags. The vehicle, a 2001 BMW sedan, was also seized by police.

Walton posted a $1,000 bail and was released, police said. Custody of the baby was transferred to Walton’s mother, according to police.

Alli Knothe can be reached at aknothe@globe.com.
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