Drug charges land Pittsfield man a year in jail


NORTH ADAMS — A Pittsfield man with multiple drug arrests this year was sentenced to a year in jail on Wednesday.

Tyler Sumner's most recent arrest came in April, when he was one of three people charged with drug possession following an investigation by the Berkshire County Drug Task Force into activity at a West Shaft Road apartment.

Police had received information from two confidential informants that Garret Vil, 21, would be transporting drugs. When police pulled the vehicle over on April 29, Sumner was a passenger. Officers obtained a search warrant and found more than six grams of cocaine, including the packaging, inside his pocket, according to the police report.

The cocaine was believed to have a value of between $826 and $1,550 on the street if sold on the street, according to police.

Sumner, 22, of Hamlin Street, had previously been arrested in March on charges of class A drug possession, furnishing a false name when arrested, intimidating a witness, and class B drug possession. In February, he was arrested in a bust that resulted in possession to distribute class D drugs, conspiracy to violate drug law, and possession of a class B drug charges.

Sumner admitted to sufficient facts against him and was found guilty of all charges against him stemming from the three arrests in Northern Berkshire District Court on Wednesday. He was sentenced to one year in jail with 170 days of credit for time already served.

Sumner received a two-and-a-half year jail sentence in 2014 after he was found guilty of assaulting two state troopers in Adams. Sumner was arrested in possession of a loaded firearm.

In separate cases also resolved on Monday, Sumner also admitted to sufficient facts and was sentenced to two charges of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon. His sentencing was concurrent with the drug arrests.

Contact Adam Shanks at 413-496-6376


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