PITTSFIELD -- A Pittsfield man remains held on $25,000 bail after pleading not guilty in Berkshire Superior Court on Monday to heroin trafficking charges.
Angel Daniel Lamboy, 36, of Lincoln Street, and another defendant, who police believe are members of the Latin Kings street gang, were arrested July 22 by the Berkshire County Anti-Gang Unit in the White Terrace area of Pittsfield. The Anti-Gang Unit is composed of plainclothes officers from the Pittsfield Police Department and the Berkshire County Sheriff's Office.
The two men were in a white Toyota Solara parked on West Street when a known member of the Latin Kings gang walked up the vehicle and exchanged a gang handshake with Lamboy, who was driving, police said.
The officers followed the vehicle and pulled it over after witnessing the vehicle speeding and failing to use a turn signal.
A search of Lamboy revealed two large bags of bulk heroin weighing about 47 grams, along with two knives and $56 in cash on his person.
Police also recovered from the car about 50 grams of heroin, the equivalent of about 2,500 individual bags, worth about $25,000 on the street. Lamboy and his partner have been confirmed as members of the Latin Kings gang, police said.
The gang is one of the largest and one of the most organized Hispanic street gangs in the United States.
Lamboy pleaded not guilty on Monday to one count each of trafficking in heroin and conspiracy to violate drug laws.
Judge Daniel Ford ordered him to be held on $25,000 bail or $250,000 surety.
The other defendant, Jose M. Rivera, 30, pleaded not guilty to the charges last month in Central Berkshire District Court and was released on personal recognizance.
Police are familiar with Lamboy. In February 2006, Lamboy pleaded guilty to a number of charges in connection with a 2004 armed bank robbery at the Credit Union of the Berkshires. He was sentenced to four to six years in prison in that case.
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