PITTSFIELD -- Two brothers are facing drug charges after a Berkshire County Drug Task Force operation led to the seizure of 1,300 bags of heroin at a Lee residence.
Scott Kearin, 27, of Lee, was stopped by state police on Tuesday morning in the Price Chopper parking lot. Armed with a search warrant, police seized five small bags of heroin, three phones, $400 in cash and two watches from his Toyota Camry.
Kearin then led police to his residence on South Prospect Street, where he produced several more bags of heroin, according to a police report.
With a warrant in hand to search the premises, police seized six bags of heroin, a Mossberg rifle, a gun magazine with .22 caliber bullets, pills and a watch.
Kearin then accompanied police on a search of his girlfriend's residence at Clarke Court, for which police also had a warrant. He allegedly pointed police to a Target bag with 1,300 bags of heroin inside wrapped in paper lottery slips. Police seized $3,400 in cash from the residence and a butterfly knife, the report said.
The heroin amounted to approximately 32.5 grams, with a street value estimated at $13,000.
The task force acted simultaneously on a no-knock search warrant at the Pittsfield residence of Scott's brother William Kearin, 29, and his girlfriend Kelly Dedrick, 26.
A search of the home uncovered several wax bags with a "brown, powdery substance." Police also seized a Taser stun gun, cellphones, a bottle of pills, digital scale and a pellet gun. A search of Dedrick at the police station allegedly uncovered more bags with a substance believed to be heroin.
The couple pleaded not guilty to charges of heroin possession, conspiracy to violate a drug law and possession of a dangerous weapon.
Scott Kearin was released on $10,000 bail and is due to be arraigned Thursday in Southern Berkshire District Court in Great Barrington on charges of trafficking heroin, possession of a firearm and ammunition without an identification card.
Kearin allegedly admitted to police that he traveled to Holyoke twice a week to purchase heroin and supplied four local heroin dealers. Police said that Kearin named his brother William as one of the dealers.
Dedrick was released on $100 bail on Tuesday, which was upheld by Judge Paul Vrabel. Assistant Berkshire District Attorney Robert Royce had sought to increase the bail to $1,000. Kearin was released on $1,000 bail by Vrabel, who denied a motion to increase it to $10,000.
"He's here," Vrabel said of Kearin while responding to the higher bail request. He didn't flee after posting bail, Vrabel said. "That's what we want."
Dedrick and William Kearin are due back in court on July 19 for a pre-trial conference.
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