Friday April 26, 2013

PITTSFIELD -- A University of Massachusetts at Amherst student who is accused of selling marijuana while he was back home in the Berkshires was arraigned in Berkshire Superior Court on Thursday.

Daniel B. Lowenstein, of Tamarack Drive in Amherst, pleaded not guilty to nine charges, including illegal possession of a sawed-off shotgun and marijuana distribution, before Judge Daniel A. Ford. Lowenstein remains free on $5,000 cash or $50,000 bail bond and is required to keep in contact with the probation department.

Lowenstein was originally given bail of $10,000 cash or $100,000 surety following his arrest in March, but the amount was reduced by agreement between Assistant Berkshire District Attorney Richard M. Locke and Lowenstein’s attorney, Judith Knight.

A pretrial hearing has been set for June 20.

According to police and prosecutors, Lowenstein sold marijuana to an undercover police officer on Feb. 23 and March 2 and 9 in the parking lot of the Barrington Plaza in Stockbridge. He was arrested following the third alleged buy.

Police said that during a search of Lowenstein and his 2002 Honda Civic, they found $1,200 in cash, several small containers of marijuana valued at $600, two digital scales with drug residue, a sawed-off shotgun with the serial number defaced, two dozen .12-gauge shotgun shells, and a pellet gun pistol.

The arrest came after a two-month joint investigation by Great Barrington Police and the Berkshire County Drug Task Force.