PITTSFIELD -- A man whose home was raided by police last month remains free on bail after denying drug trafficking charges in Superior Court.
Shaun T. Koonce, 33, had more than 20 grams of crack cocaine, 114 bags of heroin, $6,500 in cash, drug-dealing paraphernalia and ammunition for a .44 magnum handgun, when police executed a no-knock search warrant Sept. 12 at his South Street home, according to authorities. The raid allegedly netted drugs and cash worth more than $10,000.
The raid was carried out by members of the Pittsfield police, the Berkshire County Drug Task Force and the county Special Response Team.
Koonce was later indicted on single counts of trafficking in cocaine (18 grams to 36 grams), possession of heroin to distribute as a second offense, and illegal possession of ammunition.
On Wednesday, Koonce appeared in Berkshire Superior Court before Judge John A. Agostini and denied the charges. He remains free on $3,500 bail
Koonce's attorney, Leonard H. Cohen, and Assistant Berkshire District Attorney Richard M. Locke agreed to a Jan. 22 pretrial hearing in the case.
The two drug charges carry minimum mandatory sentences of two years in state prison for the cocaine charge and 3 1/2 years for the heroin charge, upon conviction. The maximum for both is 15 years in prison.
According to court documents, Koonce was convicted of possession of cocaine with the intent to distribute in 2009.
To reach Andrew Amelinckx:
or (413) 496-6249.
On Twitter: @BE_TheAmelinckx