Tuesday June 19, 2012

PITTSFIELD -- A local couple pleaded not guilty on Monday to cocaine distribution after their arrests by members of the Berkshire County Drug Task Force during a traffic stop over the weekend.

In Central Berkshire District Court, Timothy Lewis, 35, aka "Q" and "Qwan," and his 19-year-old girlfriend, Cheyenne Allessio, were arraigned on charges related to alleged crack cocaine sales in Pittsfield.

Police say Lewis sold crack to two police informants last November and December, while Allessio was charged with one drug sale.

The pair was arrested after a traffic stop on Friday just before 6 p.m. at the intersection of Pine Street and Stoddard Avenue.

Police say they found crack cocaine packaged for sale with a street value of between $760 and $950 on Allessio and scales with drug residue in the vehicle.

Allessio allegedly admitted her boyfriend had handed her the drugs just before the arrest.

On Monday, Lewis pleaded not guilty to two counts of cocaine distribution and a single count of possession of cocaine with the intent to distribute, both as subsequent offenses, three counts of drug violation in a school zone and a single count of conspiracy to violate the drug laws.

Judge Fredric D. Rutberg ordered Lewis held in lieu of $10,000 cash or $100,000 bond.

According to court documents, Lewis has previous convictions in Berkshire Superior Court for prior distribution and possession convictions from three separate cases in 2002, 2008 and 2011.


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In the last case, he was sentenced to a year in jail.

Allessio pleaded not guilty to single counts of cocaine distribution, cocaine possession with the intent to distribute and conspiracy to violate the drug laws, and two counts of drug violation in a school zone. She was released on personal recognizance.

Lewis will be back in court in July and Allessio in August. The cases will likely be heading to Superior Court.