2.5 years jail for Lenox man in heroin sales operation

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PITTSFIELD — A Lenox man has been sentenced to 2 1/2 years in jail for his role in distributing heroin in the area.

Steven M. Winters, 34, had been implicated in a series of controlled drug purchases from late 2016 and March of this year in the Pittsfield and Lenox areas.

Investigators using confidential informants, undercover officers and controlled purchases determined that Winters was purchasing heroin from co-defendants Tracey L. Santiago and Joseph M. Frusciente, then selling the drugs to customers, with whom he had made arrangements.

Authorities made arrangements for several purchases of heroin from Winters over the course of the investigation, up until March 5.

After that sale, police pulled over the vehicle in which Winters was traveling and placed him under arrest.

During a search of Winters' home the next morning, police recovered multiple empty and used wax baggies stamped "Easy Money," and five containing what appeared to be heroin and stamped with the words "Good Pussy."

Winters pleaded guilty in Berkshire Superior Court on Monday to eight counts of distribution of heroin and two counts of conspiracy to violate the drug laws.

Judge John Agostini sentenced him to 2 1/2 years in the Berkshire Jail and House of Correction under an agreement between First Assistant District Attorney Paul Caccaviello and Winters' attorney, Joshua Hochberg.

Santiago pleaded guilty Oct. 19 to two counts of distribution of heroin, three counts of conspiracy to violate drug laws and one count of possession of heroin with intent to distribute. She was sentenced to 225 days of time served and placed on probation for two years.

Frusciente pleaded guilty in April to two conspiracy counts, and one count each of distribution of heroin and possession of heroin with intent to distribute. He was sentenced to 2 1/2 years in jail.

Bob Dunn can be reached at bdunn@berkshireeagle.com, 413-496-6249 or @BobDunn413 on Twitter.


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