Friday September 14, 2012

PITTSFIELD -- A city businessman, who is already facing illegal gambling charges after his bar business was raided by police, is facing new charges of drug conspiracy.

Mitchell T. Grossjung, 25, and another man were initially charged with making illegal payments from video poker machines to bar customers, but Grossjung is now facing an additional charge for allegedly conspiring with others to sell cocaine.

Hermann Alexander’s bar, which has since been shut down by the city, was raided by police in May following a Berkshire County Drug Task Force investigation that allegedly revealed cocaine dealing taking place in and around the Lyman Street bar.

Grossjung has pleaded not guilty to registering bets and conspiracy to violate the drug laws.

"He has maintained from day one he had no involvement in any illegal drug activity," his attorney Robert D. Sullivan Jr., told The Eagle on Thursday.

Grossjung was arraigned in Berkshire Superior Court on Tuesday and remains free on personal recognizance.

Eight others are facing drug related charges stemming from the investigation.

No drugs were found during the raid, but police allege they recovered "dealer blowouts" -- the corners of plastic bags that are used to hold small amounts of cocaine -- on the floor and hidden inside a bathroom ceiling.

Late last month, Grossjung was ordered to sell his liquor license by the Massachusetts Alcoholic Bev erages Control Commission.

Sullivan said he couldn’t comment on whether the license had been sold. The bar remains closed.

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