Sunday January 13, 2013

PITTSFIELD -- A 20-year old city man already facing a serious drug case is being held without bail after his arraignment on Friday in Central Berkshire District Court on cocaine and marijuana charges.

Denzel Moody, 20, of First Street, pleaded not guilty to single counts of possession of cocaine and marijuana with the intent to distribute, possession of ecstasy and committing a drug violation in a school zone.

He was arrested by members of the Berkshire County Drug Task Force on Thursday night following a traffic stop on a city street.

Police said after they stopped the car for having a burned out brake light and for failing to use a turn signal they detected an odor of marijuana in the car. When Moody was pat frisked police said they turned up about a half-pound of marijuana and later discovered cocaine packaged for sale and an ecstasy pill on him.

Assistant Berkshire District Attorney Daniel Hespeler told the court that according to the police report the street value of the marijuana was between $3,000 and $4,000, with the cocaine valued at about $450.

Judge Fredric D. Rutberg questioned the prosecutor on the value attributed to the marijuana, which seemed quite high.

Hespeler said the numbers came from the police report, but surmised it could have something to do with the quality of the contraband.

Moody’s attorney, Robert D. Sullivan Jr., told the court on Friday that the search of his client was unlawful.

The DA’s Office requested that Moody’s bail be revoked on two open drug cases, while the Probation Department asked that he be detained on a probation violation related to an assault and battery case for which he has been on probation since last month.

Moody is facing cocaine distribution and other charges in Berkshire Superior Court as well as possession of cocaine in Southern Berkshire District Court.

The judge ordered Moody’s bail revoked on all his open cases and on a possible probation violation. Moody can be held for 60 days without bail and afterwards will have to come up with $2,000 to get out of jail. It’s likely the new charges will be dealt with at the Superior Court level.

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