Sunday June 3, 2012

n The pair was arrested in April as part of a crackdown that included a raid on a local bar.

Berkshire Eagle Staff

PITTSFIELD -- Two alleged drug dealers at the center of an ongoing countywide cocaine distribution investigation have had more drug charges levied against them.

Isaac L. Pizarro, 35, of Springfield who also has a Pittsfield address listed in court records, and Derek L. Adams, 32, of Pittsfield, pleaded not guilty to drug conspiracy charges at their Berkshire Superior Court arraignments before Judge Daniel A. Ford.

Pizarro and Adams were rounded up as part of a continuing Berkshire County Drug Task Force investigation that has netted a number of suspects and led to the raid of a city bar.

Pizarro, aka B.O., a reputed member of the "Bloods" street gang, was arrested in early April after a traffic stop in Pittsfield and charged with two counts of cocaine distribution, subsequent offense, and single counts of cocaine trafficking and possession, as well as conspiracy to violate drug laws. He was indicted the next month and has denied the charges.

On Thursday, another count of conspiracy was added to his list of charges. He pleaded not guilty to that charge and was remanded back to jail on the same bail -- $50,000 cash or $500,000 surety bail. He has been in jail since his arrest in April. A pretrial hearing is scheduled for Aug. 15.

Adams, aka D-Boss, was also arraigned on another count of drug conspiracy, pleaded not guilty and was returned to jail. He has been held at the county jail on $100,000 cash or $1 million surety bail since his arrest in April following a raid at his Pittsfield residence.

No additional bail was requested for the new charge. He will be back in court June 21.

Attorney David Pixley is representing Pizarro, while Adams is represented by Jill Sheldon.

The two defendants’ girlfriends were also charged in the original case and are out on bail.

As part of the drug investigation, Hermann Alexanders, a bar on Lyman Street, was raided in April with a number of resulting arrests. The bar has since had its license to operate suspended. More than a dozen arrests have resulted from the investigation so far and police say more charges will likely be coming.