PITTSFIELD -- A Pittsfield man is out on $250 bail after being arrested Friday for allegedly receiving a package containing 22 pounds of marijuana.
Kevin M. Reale, of Harvard Street, was arrested at a Lake Street residence by members of the Berkshire County Drug Task Force after he took delivery of a parcel sent through the U.S. Mail that the officers knew contained 22 pounds of marijuana, police and prosecutors said.
The street value of the marijuana is $22,000 if sold by the pound, authorities said.
The parcel had been mailed to Desiree M. Eason, 26, who lives at the residence. Eason, who also is facing charges, was not at the residence when law enforcement officers arrived on the scene. She will be issued a summons to appear at a show/cause hearing.
The officers, who had received a warrant, searched the residence and recovered $380, a small bag of marijuana, two cellphones, 10 bags of white powder that tested positive for heroin, and one piece of .380 caliber ammunition, according to a probable cause report. They also recovered $1,892 from a safe in Eason's vehicle.
Reale was charged with possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute, second offense; conspiracy to violate drug laws; possession of heroin, subsequent offense; and possession of ammunition without a Firearms Identification Card.
His attorney, Ryan Smith, said his client had no idea that the parcel that he received contained drugs, Smith said. He also noted that Reale's name was not on the lease for the apartment.
He said Reale had met Eason a couple of weeks ago, and had only stayed at her residence "a couple of nights." Reale was using Eason's car to perform some errands for her when he was arrested, Smith said.
Assistant District Attorney Michael D'Angelo requested that Reale's bail on pending firearms charges be revoked and that he should be considered a danger to the community based on his previous criminal record.
But Smith argued there was very little evidence to tie his client to the most recent charges.
Central Berkshire District Court Judge Fredric D. Rutberg denied the commonwealth's motion, and set bail for Reale at $250 on the most recent charges.
Reale also is facing charges in Berkshire Superior Court of illegal possession of a firearm, carrying a firearm with ammunition, receiving stolen property, and possession of ammunition without a Firearms Identification Card. He posted $2,500 bail in that case.
Reale also received a three-month jail sentence after being found guilty of possession of heroin with the intent to distribute on Dec. 18.