PITTSFIELD >> A city man who was spotted by police trying to flush about 40 bags of heroin down a toilet during a 2014 raid, has been sentenced to a year in jail — but he won't have to do any more time.
Ronald King, 56, received credit for 194 days of time already served and will have the balance of a one-year sentence suspended while he is on probation.
King, who has also gone by the names, Melvin T. Davis, Melvin R. King and Joseph Davis was in a Cherry Street home on March 20 when members of the Berkshire County Drug Task Force executed a "no-knock" search warrant,
Officers saw King run into the bathroom and found him trying to flush a package down the toilet.
The package was recovered and King was placed under arrest. Five more bags of heroin were found elsewhere in the home.
Assistant Berkshire District Attorney Joseph Yorlano and King's attorney, Glenn W. Keiderling agreed on the length of the sentence, but differed on whether King should be placed on probation for a year.
Yorlano argued a period of probation would help ensure King would remain out of further legal trouble.
Keiderling said the two years since his arrest have already served as a type of probation and said a year of actual probation was unnecessary.
Judge Daniel Ford disagreed with Keiderling and said, considering King's prior record, "probation would do him some good."
King pleaded guilty in Berkshire Superior Court to one count of possession of heroin with intent to distribute.
Charges of committing a drug violation within a drug-free school zone and conspiracy to violate drug laws were dropped by the state.
The investigation was conducted by members of the Pittsfield Police Department and the Berkshire County Drug Task Force.
Contact Bob Dunn at 413-496-6249.