Councilor Paul Capitanio pleads not guilty to conspiracy to violate drug laws, accessory charges


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PITTSFIELD -- City Councilor Paul Capitanio pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges of conspiracy to violate drug laws and accessory after the fact.

Capitanio, 57, is accused of tipping off dealers to police drug busts, according to court information.

Capitanio, who has represented Ward 3 since 2009 and owns the East Side Cafe on Newell Street, remains free on $500 bail after appearing in Central Berkshire District Court on Tuesday morning. Massachusetts State Police arrested Capitanio on Friday; he posted bail after his arrest.

PHOTO GALLERY | Councilor Paul Capitanio pleads not guilty to conspiracy to violate drug laws

Earlier this summer, Capitanio announced he would not be seeking a re-election bid this fall. During his tenure on the council, Capitanio was an outspoken critic of locating a methadone clinic in Pittsfield and publicly asked landlords not to rent to such a company.

Capitanio walked into district court accompanied by his wife, Beth. Timothy Shugrue is representing him.

The Capitanios also have discussed publicly the hardship of losing a son to complications from drug abuse.

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