A Dorchester man was arrested Tuesday after selling fentanyl in Quincy while a 10-month-old child slept in his car, Quincy police said.
Federico Lara, 26, was charged with distributing fentanyl, possession with intent to distribute fentanyl, and reckless endangerment of a child, police said in a statement.
Lara was apprehended around 2:15 p.m. after officers conducting surveillance in the Germantown section of Quincy spotted him “making actions consistent with a drug transaction” at a house on Quarterdeck Road, police said.
Residents of the home admitted to detectives that they purchased drugs from Lara, who was then stopped while driving a Honda CR-V, police said. When detectives stopped Lara, they noticed the 10-month-old baby sleeping in a car seat in the back of Lara’s vehicle.
An ambulance was dispatched to the scene to evaluate the baby, and the state Department of Children and Families arrived to file a report of child abuse and neglect.
“The biological mother was called to come get the child,” Quincy police Sergeant Karyn Barkas said.
She said she did not know whether the child was related to Lara.
Police recovered 16 grams of fentanyl valued at $1,200, including the drugs that Lara had sold on Quarterdeck Road, Barkas said. They also seized cellphones and $182 cash that Lara had in his possession.
Lara was arraigned in Quincy District Court Wednesday.
He pleaded not guilty to all three charges and was held on $1,000 cash bail, said David Traub, spokesman for the Norfolk district attorney’s office.Alyssa Meyers can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter @ameyers_.