PITTSFIELD -- A Connecticut man has pleaded not guilty to 17 drug and weapon charges stemming from a police raid here in March.

Radell Johnson, 28, of New Haven, posted $2,500 bail following his arraignment this week in Berkshire Superior Court. Johnson was arrested March 27 during a police raid of a house on Columbia Avenue.

U.S. Marshals, Pittsfield Police and members of the Berkshire County Drug Task Force and State Police Violent Fugitive Apprehension Squad actually were looking to pick up another man, Evan Cox, wanted in Vermont on domestic abuse and drug charges.

Investigators say they found handguns in the house and crack cocaine floating in the toilet. Authorities obtained a search warrant and used it to turn up a total of three handguns, ammunition, about $1,900 of crack cocaine packaged for sale, an amount of phencyclidine (PCP) in the freezer, more than an ounce of marijuana, a stun gun, two bulletproof vests and helmets, drug-dealing paraphernalia, and nearly $5,000 in cash.

Tuesday, Johnson denied the charges, which included possession of cocaine, PCP and marijuana with the intent to distribute, as well as multiple gun charges. He posted $2,500 cash bail and was released by Judge Mary-Lou Rup.

Johnson is due back in court on Sept. 10 for a pretrial hearing.

At a previous hearing in district court, Thomas C.


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Doyle said Johnson has no criminal record, was in the wrong place at the wrong time and that there was nothing connecting him to the apartment or anything found inside.

Cox, 27, of Pittsfield, pleaded not guilty to similar charges on May 8 and remains in custody on $50,000 cash or $500,000 surety bail.

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