PITTSFIELD — A former area pharmacist and Drug Enforcement Agency agent was sentenced to probation after admitting he passed forged prescriptions almost two years ago in Lenox.
Jerry Campagna, 62, of Pittsfield, will serve three years' probation during which time he must remain drug free and submit to random screenings.
Assistant Berkshire District Attorney Richard Locke said Campagna created "amazing" forgeries of prescriptions, which included raised seals, making them difficult to identify as phonies.
The prescriptions were passed between Dec. 13, 2013 and Jan. 23, 2014.
Campagna pleaded guilty in Berkshire Superior Court on Wednesday to four counts of uttering a false prescription, three counts of possession of oxycodone and one count of possession of morphine.
Campagna's attorney, Nikolas Andreopoulos, asked Judge John Agostini to consider two years' probation on one set of charges and to continue the remainder without findings for two years, rather than a jail sentence.
Andreopoulos said his client's issues were based in an addiction from which he's recovering, and incarcerating him, "would be a step backward."
"Putting him in a cage will not solve this issue," Andreopoulos said.
Agostini agreed incarceration wasn't appropriate, but he said the charges were too serious to continue without findings and ordered the three years' probation.
The investigation was conducted by members of the Lenox Police Department and state troopers assigned to the District Attorney's Office, members of the Berkshire Law Enforcement Task Force.