Friday September 28, 2012

PITTSFIELD -- A 24-year-old man pleaded not guilty to drug, gun and counterfeiting charges on Thursday, a day after a police raid on his apartment. A second man also netted in the raid pleaded not guilty to drug charges.

Walter Harris and Anthony Green were arrested Wednesday after a 1 p.m. raid on Harris' Fenn Street apartment by members of the Berkshire County Drug Task Force.

According to a police report, the task force received a tip that Harris, 24, was dealing cocaine in the city and that he and his "associates" had brought $7,000 in counterfeit $20 bills from New York, some of which turned up at a number of local businesses.

Harris is originally from Queens, N.Y., but has been living in Pittsfield for a year, according to his attorney.

The police allegedly found seven fake $20 bills, six bags of crack cocaine, a loaded .25-caliber pistol and drug dealing paraphernalia during the raid.

Harris told the police the contraband belonged to a friend who was also staying at the apartment, but couldn't give them the man's name, according to the report.

At Harris' arraignment in Central Berkshire District Court, his attorney, Joshua C. Hochberg, said the guns and drugs were found in a room occupied by other people besides his client and that nothing was found on him.

Green, 26, of First Street, was allegedly found with 10 bags of crack in his sock during the raid.

Green's attorney, Robert D.


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Sullivan Jr., said his client wasn't the subject of the investigation and wasn't tied to any of the other charges that Harris is facing.

Both defense attorneys believed their clients' charges were excessive and should be reduced.

Harris has pleaded not guilty to six charges, including possession of cocaine with the intent to distribute, possession of a firearm during a felony, and possession of a counterfeit note.

Green pleaded not guilty to a single count of cocaine possession with the intent to distribute.

The Berkshire District Attorney's Office asked that Harris be held on $30,000 cash and Green on $20,000 cash.

Judge Michael J. Ripps held Harris on $2,000 cash or $20,000 bond. Green was released on $1,500 cash or $15,000 bond. As of Thursday afternoon, Harris was still in custody.

Both men are scheduled to be back in court Oct. 22. Their cases are likely headed to Superior Court.