PITTSFIELD -- The man prosecutors have called one of the biggest cocaine dealers in the Berkshires was sentenced to up to 5 1/2 years in state prison on Tuesday after pleading guilty to six drug-related felonies.
In Berkshire Superior Court, Isaac "B.O." Pizarro, 36, pleaded guilty to multiple counts of cocaine distribution and conspiracy to violate the drug laws and to a single count of possession of cocaine with the intent to distribute.
Originally facing stiffer charges, Pizarro was allowed to plead to lesser crimes in a plea deal between the Berkshire District Attorney's Office and Pizarro's attorney, David Pixley.
According to Assistant Berkshire District Attorney Richard M. Locke, Pizarro was part of a Berkshire County Drug Task Force investigation that began in August 2011 and involved hand-to-hand cocaine sales. Pizarro was one of the targets of a police wiretap case involving cocaine dealing at the now-shuttered Hermann Alexander's bar on Lyman Street.
Police arrested Pizarro on April 3, 2012, while he was on his way back from Springfield. At the time, Pizarro was found to be carrying cocaine. A police raid on his apartment turned up more drugs that were packaged for sale along with drug-dealing paraphernalia, according to Locke. Police said they recovered 75 grams of cocaine.
Pizarro's girlfriend at the time, Maighan McKie, 32, of Pittsfield, was driving the car when police arrested Pizarro. She also was charged in the case and is scheduled to be in court today.
On Tuesday, Judge John A. Agostini sentenced Pizarro to at least 3 1/2 years and no more than 5 1/2 years in prison, in line with the joint plea recommendation. Pizarro was credited with nearly 16 months, the time he spent in jail awaiting the outcome of his case.
Pizarro has both Springfield and Pittsfield addresses listed in court documents.
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