Alleged dealer, two others arrested in North Adams; crack pulled from drainpipe


NORTH ADAMS -- A drug bust at a Liberty Street home on Monday led to three arrests, despite alleged attempts by a dealer to flush cocaine down a toilet.

Police called in the city plumbing inspector to help track down a bag of crack cocaine they allegedly saw Tareem Jackson, of Troy, N.Y., flush when they entered the bathroom. The inspector found the package containing 132 bags of crack, valued at $6,600, in sewage pipes downstairs.

Jackson, 26, allegedly sold crack cocaine out of Brenda Blasi's home for several months, according to a report by North Adams Police Detective Mark Bailey. Blasi, who has harbored other dealers in the past, would receive free drugs to support her addiction, the report alleges.

Jackson, Blasi, and Thomas Massey, Jr., 43, of North Adams, were arraigned in Northern Berkshire District Court on charges of class B drug possession with intent to distribute, trafficking in cocaine, and conspiracy to violate drug law.

Jackson was held was held on $100,000 cash bail, Blasi on $25,000 cash bail, and Massey on $10,000 cash bail.

The police report indicates that confidential informants made a number of controlled purchases of crack cocaine from the home in the months leading up the raid.

According to the report, Jackson, known by the street name "Franky," would frequently bring crack cocaine into North Adams from his hometown of Troy.

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