PITTSFIELD >> A North Adams man charged with having 17 grams of heroin and access to nearly $25,000 worth of drug proceeds last year has been sentenced to 2 1/2 years in jail.
Jeffrey C. Hall, 27, was running a "pretty large scale operation for this area," according to Assistant Berkshire District Attorney Robert Kinzer, noting the amount of heroin and cash recovered in the search.
He pleaded guilty in Berkshire Superior Court on Tuesday to a distribution charge.
Kinzer said the amount of heroin seized was just slightly under the 18 grams that would have triggered the more serious charge of trafficking. And he noted $25,000 was a great deal of money considering bags of heroin typically sell for between $10 and $20.
During the plea hearing before Judge John Agostini, Kinzer recommended a 2- to 3-year state prison sentence along with the forfeiture of the money.
Hall's attorney, Richard LeBlanc, asked Agostini to consider a jail term in lieu of prison, in consideration of Hall's relatively light criminal record. He noted his client has cooperated with authorities, including directing police to the bulk of the cash.
The Berkshire County Drug Task Force executed a search warrant at Hall's Brook Terrace home on June 11, as the result of an investigation.
Hall directed police to heroin stashed in a black coffee mug and about $4,500 stashed near a mousetrap. Police also found a scale and other dealer paraphernalia inside the home.
He then told police there was approximately another $20,000 worth of drug proceeds in a lock box in his father's home. Police obtained a warrant and recovered the cash from the box stored in a closet. Kinzer said Hall's father was unaware of the contents of the box.
Hall pleaded to one count of possession of heroin with intent to distribute and was sentenced to 2 1/2 years in the Berkshire Jail and House of Correction with credit for 66 days of time already served.
The investigation was conducted by members of the North Adams and Dalton police departments, the Berkshire County Sheriff's Office, state troopers assigned to the Berkshire District Attorney's Office and members of the Berkshire Law Enforcement Task Force.
Contact Bob Dunn at 413-496-6249.