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PITTSFIELD >> Simultaneous raids at two city apartments last week netted two suspects on distribution and conspiracy charges and about 9 grams of cocaine,

Pittsfield Police executed the warrants about 9:35 a.m. Thursday at the Burbank Street apartment of Marcus James, 33, and the Robbins Avenue apartment of Robert Brady, 34, as the result of an investigation into crack cocaine distribution in the area.

Neither man answered the door when police announced their presence and their possession of a warrant, prompting officers to break down the door with a battering ram in both cases, according to a report authored by Investigator Andrew J. Couture.

When police entered James' apartment, they placed him in custody and asked if he wished to speak to police. He declined.

Police allegedly found a bag of crack cocaine n the floor of a closet and another bag of crack cocaine in the pocket of James' shorts. They also recovered three digital scales, multiple cellphones and other dealer paraphernalia inside the home.

Police estimated the weight of the cocaine found in James' home at 6.09 grams with a street value around $600.

When police entered Brady's Robbins Avenue apartment and placed him into custody, he, too, declined to speak with police.

During that search, police allegedly found a bag of crack cocaine, weighing about 2.9 grams on a nightstand, six cellphones, a pair of EBT cards, both belonging to different people, $710 in cash, three digital scales and other dealer paraphernalia.


Police believe the EBT cards were given in exchange for drugs.

Both men pleaded not guilty in Central Berkshire District Court on Friday to charges of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute and conspiracy to violate drug laws.

They were arraigned on the possession with intent charges as subsequent offenders due to Brady's conviction in Springfield District Court on a charge of possession of a Class D substance with intent to distribute in 2012 and James' conviction in Berkshire Superior Court on a cocaine trafficking charge in 2013.

Judge William Rota set bail at $1,000 for James and $500 for Brady. Both men are due back in court on May 19 for pretrial hearings.

Contact Bob Dunn at 413-496-6249.