5 arrested in Pittsfield heroin bust


PITTSFIELD -- Five people were arrested by the Berkshire County Drug Task Force in a drug bust on Appleton Avenue on Thursday afternoon.

Charles Katz, 49, of Pittsfield, was arrested after allegedly dropping off heroin at the Appleton Avenue residence.

Police were acting on a search warrant at the residence, based on information that Katz was heading to the home with heroin from Holyoke. Police were awaiting his arrival near the home, and allegedly witnessed him entering and leaving the residence.

After handcuffing Katz outside the home, police allegedly found 65 bags of heroin on him and a prescription bottle of Lorazepam with someone else's name on it. Lorzepam is a prescription drug used to treat anxiety disorders.

Once inside the home, police were allegedly led by resident Judith Luczynski to 90 bags of heroin.

Katz was arraigned in Central Berkshire District Court on Friday for charges of possession with intent to distribute heroin, conspiracy to violate drug laws and violating a drug law near a school.

Katz was remanded to the Berkshire County Jail and House of Correction on $10,000 bail by Judge Fredric Rutberg, pending a future court date.

According to the Berkshire District Attorney's Office, Katz also has an open court case in Holyoke, for allegedly possessing 171 bags of heroin.

Arrested in the home were resident Judith Luczynski, 58, who faces charges for possession with intent to distribute heroin, violating a drug free school zone and conspiracy to violate drug laws.

Luczynski was ordered held on $2,500 bail by Rutberg on Friday, pending a future court date.

David Marshall, 48, of South Onota Street, was charged with distribution of Lorazepam and being in a place where heroin is kept. He is accused of trading the Lorazepam to Katz in exchange for heroin. He was also charged with possession of oxycodone and conspiracy to violate drug laws. Marshall was released on $200 bail pending a future court date.

Two others were charged with being present where heroin is kept.

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