PITTSFIELD >> Two city women are facing charges for allegedly using a Prospect Street home as a base of operations for a cocaine dealing business.
Lynda M. Williamson, 34, and Stephanie M. Carsno, 31, both of 46 Prospect St., had been under investigation by the Pittsfield Police Department's drug unit for allegedly using the home to store, package, take orders for and distribute crack cocaine.
Members of the drug unit executed a search warrant for the residence about 11:10 a.m. Friday.
During the search, officers saw Williamson on the couch, apparently trying to conceal something. A check revealed a small baggie of marijuana in her hand and five bags of crack cocaine in the couch.
Williamson allegedly told police the drugs she was attempting to hide were for personal use, but officers found no user paraphernalia in the home, according to court records.
Police also recovered seven bags of heroin, five working cellphones, a scale and $905 in cash.
Police said $50 of that cash was marked money used by investigators to conduct controlled purchases of drugs from the women.
Both women in custody and each declined to speak with officers, according to a probable cause statement in the case.
Williamson pleaded not guilty in Central Berkshire District Court on Monday to charges of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, possession of heroin and conspiracy to violate drug laws.
She is being held on a non-bailable warrant from a pair of conspiracy to violate drug law charges from 2015 and is due back in court on March 30.
Carsno pleaded not guilty to possession of cocaine with intent to distribute (subsequent offense) and conspiracy to violate drug laws.
She was ordered held on $1,000 bail by Judge Paul Smyth and is due back in court on April 7 for a pretrial hearing.
Contact Bob Dunn at 413-496-6249.