NORTH ADAMS >> Consecutive raids on two city apartments on Thursday led to the seizure of crack cocaine and the arrest of two city men.
Based on a Berkshire County Drug Task Force investigation, George Jackson, 24, and Brett Logan, Jr., 26, were believed to be working as a team to distribute cocaine in North Adams, according to the police report written by North Adams Police Det. Mark Bailey.
When police raided Jackson's Spring Street apartment, he allegedly attempted to escape out a rear door, but an officer was waiting and able to arrest him, the report said. Jackson told police that he did not sell or use cocaine and did not know why officers were raiding his house.
Police recovered 145 live rounds of .22 caliber ammunition and a scale a covered in a white residue that tested positive as cocaine. Officers also seized three cellphones and $377 in cash.
About an hour later, police raided Logan's Mohawk Forest Boulevard apartment. Logan was cooperative and showed police where hid the crack cocaine under the carpet on the stairs.
Police seized about 6.5 grams of crack cocaine packaged in eight plastic bags, the report said. Its street value was estimated to be about $600.
Logan allegedly told officers that he began selling crack cocaine in August to support his family. He said he wanted to stop, but was afraid of his supplier.
He pleaded not guilty in Northern Berkshire District Court on Friday to possession of a class B drug with intent to distribute and was released on personal recognizance.
Jackson pleaded not guilty to charges of possession of ammunition without a firearm identification card and possession to distribute cocaine.
Judge Patrick Sabbs ordered Jackson held without bail, without prejudice, on a fugitive from justice charge stemming from a warrant in New Jersey. Bail was set at $1,000 cash on the new charges.
Both men were ordered to return Nov. 30 for a pretrial hearing.
Contact Adam Shanks at 413-496-6376.