PITTSFIELD -- A report of shots fired led to the arrest of a city man on drug charges, but he denies involvement in drug dealing and the shooting.

According to the Pittsfield Police, they responded to Columbus Avenue and Onota Street at about 7:30 p.m. Monday for a report of shots fired. A witness allegedly described a Honda Accord with a male passenger fitting 21-year-old Donovan K. Devaughn's description as leaving the area of the shooting.

A Toyota Camry was later pulled over at the intersection of First and Eagle streets. When Devaughn was taken out of the car, he allegedly dropped a bag containing 90 smaller bags of heroin. No weapons were located during the search, but $1,425 in cash was found and seized as evidence.

Devaughn was arrested and charged with possession of heroin with the intent to distribute and a drug violation in a drug-free zone. When arrested, he was across the street from the Common Park.

The three other people in the vehicle were not arrested.

On Tuesday in Central Berkshire District Court, Devaughn appeared with attorney Joshua C. Hochberg and pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Hochberg said he was "shocked" to learn that Devaughn was charged with this type of crime.

"He's a respectful young man who is making something of his life," he told the court.

He said his client was a pastry chef who lives with his family and has only a minor record.


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Devaughn, through his attorney, denied possessing the drugs or being aware of a shooting and had no idea why he and his friends were pulled over.

The attorney asked for $500 bail for Devaughn.

Assistant Berkshire District Attorney Jason Lederman cited the facts of the case as reason for $5,000 bail.

Judge Fredric D. Rutberg ordered the defendant held on $1,000 cash or $10,000 surety bail.

Devaughn is due back in court for a pretrial hearing July 15.

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