PITTSFIELD -- A convicted drug dealer is back in custody after police allegedly found $3,000 worth of cocaine in the man's car following a traffic stop.
Darius Walters, 20, of Robbins Avenue, was stopped by Pittsfield Police after allegedly failing to stop for a stop sign at Walden Lane and North Street just before 1 p.m. Monday. He was pulled over in the Pontoosuc Lake parking area. When approached by Pittsfield Police Officer Eliezer Garcia, Walters admitted he didn't have a driver's license, according to a police report.
Before towing the blue Dodge Avenger, police did an inventory search and allegedly discovered about 28 grams of cocaine in the car's center console. A smaller amount of cocaine was allegedly found in Walter's pocket during booking.
The white powder, which field tested positive for cocaine, has a street value of about $3,000, police said.
Walters pleaded not guilty in Central Berkshire District Court on Tuesday to single counts of cocaine distribution, driving without a license and failing to stop or yield. Judge Fredric D. Rutberg ordered Walters held on $10,000 cash or $100,000 surety bail, citing his previous convictions and the potential penalty he faces if convicted. There is a minimum mandatory two years and a maximum of 15 years in state prison if convicted.
Walters was sentenced in January 2012 to two years in the Berkshire County Jail & House of Correction on three counts of cocaine distribution, along with two years of probation on three counts of conspiracy to violate the drug laws.
Police and prosecutors allege Walters was involved in a "major" city cocaine dealing operation run by the Bloods street gang in 2010.
His newest case is scheduled to be back in court on Oct. 22, but the charges likely will end up in Berkshire Superior Court.
Walters is represented by attorney Raymond J. Jacoub.
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