Brothers plead not guilty to drug, weapons counts
PITTSFIELD -- Two brothers allegedly involved in the local heroin trade are free on bail after pleading not guilty to drug charges in Berkshire Superior Court.
Scott Kearin, 28, of Lee, his brother, William Kearin, 29, and his girlfriend, Kelly Dedrick, both of Pittsfield, all were arrested on April 29, following an investigation by the Berkshire County Drug Task Force, according to police and prosecutors. Police executed multiple search warrants that day and allegedly turned up about 32.5 grams of heroin with a street value estimated at $13,000, a rifle, stun gun, pills and cash.
Searches of Scott Kearin’s Toyota Camry and Lee home yielded several bags of heroin, a Mossberg rifle, a gun magazine with .22 caliber bullets and pills, police said. At his girlfriend’s residence police allegedly recovered a shopping bag with 1,300 bags or heroin, $3,400 in cash and a butterfly knife.
He allegedly admitted to police that he traveled to Holyoke twice a week to purchase heroin and supplied four local heroin dealers and named his brother as one of those dealers.
A search of the residence of William Kearin and Dedrick, 26, turned up heroin and a stun gun.
When taken into custody Dedrick allegedly had heroin on her person.
Scott Kearin, appearing with his attorney, Raymond J. Jacoub, pleaded not guilty in Berkshire Superior Court on to single counts of heroin trafficking, which carries a three year minimum mandatory prison sentence upon conviction; possession of heroin; illegal ownership of a rifle; possession of ammunition without a firearm identification card; and conspiracy to distribute heroin. He was released on $10,000 bail.
William Kearin denied three charges: Conspiracy to distribute heroin, possession of heroin, and possession of a stun gun. Kearin, represented at the arraignment by attorney Alexander Sohn, was released on $1,000 cash or $10,000 surety bail.
Dedrick denied a single count of possession of heroin as a subsequent offense and was released on $100 cash or $1,000 surety bail. Her attorney is Marc C. Vincelette Sr.
She had a previous conviction for possession of heroin dating back to 2008, according to court records.
Scott Kearin also had a previous heroin-related conviction from 2006 for which he served two years in jail.
According to Eagle records, in March 2006, he pleaded guilty to possession of heroin with the intent to distribute stemming from a police raid of his home the previous November following an investigation into heroin dealing at the residence. Police said they recovered 201 bags of heroin with an estimated street value of $4,000 in that case.
Scott Kearin also pleaded guilty to assault with the intent to rob and other charges related to the attempted robbery of a then 18-year-old man in October 2004.
William Kearin also was arrested as part of the drug case, but a heroin charge related to that arrest was later dismissed, court records show.
On the new charges, the three defendants were ordered by Judge John A. Agostini to return to court for a pretrial hearing on Oct. 14.
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