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Malden career criminal charged with heroin distribution

A Malden career criminal was charged with heroin distribution this week, federal prosecutors said.

Yrvens Bain, 40, was arrested after an investigation following two fatal heroin overdoses in Arlington earlier this year. Bain was a longtime drug dealer, US Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz’s office said.

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Bain has been convicted of drug trafficking on four separate occasions. His most recent conviction, in 2007, was on state charges of trafficking cocaine, as well as unlawful possession of a firearm, according to Ortiz’s office. He was sentenced to six years in state prison, with five years of probation, the US attorney’s office said.

He was on probation when undercover officers made two heroin purchases from him in February and March, prosecutors alleged.

Bain had a preliminary hearing at Whidden Memorial Hospital in Everett on Wednesday. He was hospitalized after arresting officers allegedly saw him swallow something that appeared to be drugs, said US attorney’s spokeswoman Christina DiIorio-Sterling.

He was released from the hospital Thursday and is to appear in US District Court in Boston on Monday, DiIorio-Sterling said.

It was the second heroin investigation by Arlington police that led to arrests this year. The first concluded in February when Mariano Andujar-Perez, 30, and Louis Pena, 20, both of Dorchester, were arrested, according to Arlington Police Chief Frederick Ryan.

Each was charged with possession of Class A drugs with intent to distribute and conspiracy to violate drug laws during their Feb. 18 arraignment in Cambridge District Court. Andujar-Perez was also charged with furnishing a false name or Social Security number, Ryan said.

“Heroin is one of the greatest evils plaguing our community and the region. It is dangerous and deadly, and it damages families and neighborhoods,” Ryan said in a statement. “I am proud of the hard-fought undercover work and teamwork between Arlington Police and our partners in law enforcement.”

The Drug Enforcement Administration Task Force, Ortiz’s office, the Suburban Middlesex County Drug Task Force, the Essex County Sheriff’s Department, and several local police departments assisted in the cases.

Jacqueline Tempera
can be reached at jacqueline.tempera@globe.com Follow her on twitter @jacktemp.
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