NORTH ADAMS — A Connecticut man with a lengthy criminal history is facing charges after he was allegedly caught with crack-cocaine and ecstasy in Adams last week.

Robert Grant, 38, of Bloomfield, Conn., was at a First Street apartment Wednesday when a family member of a resident of the home notified Adams police of the unwanted presence of the man, who he believed may have had a firearm.

Police surrounded the home and Grant came outside without incident, but appeared to bend down and reach near the Christmas tree before leaving the apartment. Officers later discovered three ecstasy pills and a yellow bag containing what appeared to be crack cocaine in the area where Grant had bent down, according to a criminal complaint filed by Adams Police Officer Brenna Dorr.

After being placed under arrest, Grant allegedly told officers that he was not in Adams to distribute drugs. What officers discovered, he allegedly said, was just what he had brought with him to party. Although the police report does not indicate that a weapon was ever recovered, multiple reports from informants corroborated that Grant carries a black pistol, according to the police report. His criminal history includes drugs and weapons charges, the report states.

He pleaded not guilty in Southern Berkshire District Court on Thursday to a single count of class B drug possession. The case was transferred to Northern Berkshire District Court, where he had a pretrial hearing on Monday.

He was released on his own recognizance and scheduled to reappear Feb. 17.


Contact Adam Shanks at 413-496-6376.