Adams man pleads not guilty to marijuana, ammunition charges


ADAMS -- A local man has been released after pleading not guilty to charges that he had three pounds of marijuana and illegal ammunition at his First Street apartment.

Shaun Tassone, 58, was arrested Thursday after members of the Berkshire County Drug Task Force conducted a raid on his home, where they allegedly found large amounts of marijuana in a white bucket and plastic bags, totaling about three pounds. The street value of the drug was estimated to be $15,000.

Tassone also had scales, $862 under a couch cushion, and a box of ammunition. He does not have a firearm identification card, a medical marijuana caregiver, or medical marijuana patient license, according to Adams Police Detective Lawrence Ordyna.

He pleaded not guilty in Northern Berkshire District Court on Tuesday to possession of a class D drug with intent to distribute and possession of ammunition without an FID card.

Tassone is due back in court for a pretrial hearing on Oct. 22.

Last week's raid is believed to be related to an armed robbery at Tassone's apartment early the next morning, which resulted in one arrest.

At about 3 a.m. Friday, police received reports from neighbors that two armed men had entered Tassone's apartment. They later spotted a vehicle matching the description of the intruder's car on Randall Street and made one arrest.

Nathan McGuire, 23, of Columbia Street, pleaded not guilty in Central Berkshire District Court on Friday to operating under the influence of liquor, assault with a dangerous weapon, home invasion and assault in a dwelling with an armed firearm.

McGuire allegedly told police he was angry that Tassone had been charged with marijuana distribution earlier that day.


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