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Wareham man charged with heroin possession

Arrested after traffic stop in Dartmouth

A Wareham man pleaded not guilty today in New Bedford District Court after State Police allegedly found him carrying approximately 200 grams of heroin during a traffic stop in Dartmouth.

Ralph Dagostino, 46, faces four charges, including possession of drugs with intent to distribute and conspiracy to violate drug laws, State Police said today in a statement.

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He was ordered held on $20,000 cash bail, and a probable cause hearing was set for Feb. 21, according to the court clerk’s office.

Dagostino was a passenger in a car that was stopped by a state trooper Monday morning in Dartmouth. The Audi A6 sedan was pulled over for motor vehicle violations on Interstate 195 just before 11 a.m., State Police said.

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The trooper allegedly found 200 grams of “off-white powder” in Dagostino’s possession during a search of the vehicle.

Another passenger, Catherine Murphy, 21, of Plymouth was found to have an outstanding arrest warrant from Wareham District Court for driving without a license and leaving the scene of an accident with property damage in 2012.

The driver of the Audi was issued a civil citation for motor vehicle violations, police said.

Catalina Gaitan can be reached at catalina.gaitan@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter at @catalina_gaitan.
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