Drug raid was third at North Adams apartment since December


NORTH ADAMS — When city police arrested four residents on drug charges last week, it was the third raid at the West Main Street building in recent months.

After a December 2015 search of Kurt Vosburgh's apartment turned up some evidence of drug distribution, police warned Vosburgh that they had made controlled purchases of drugs from his residence by utilizing confidential informants.

They arrested one person and advised Vosburgh not to house drug dealers in his apartment anymore or face charges, according to court records,

Investigators returned to the building in April, found similar evidence of drug distribution, and made two more arrests, including Vosburgh. After the raid, Vosburgh allegedly told police the drug dealers "took over" the apartment and asked what he was supposed to do.

On Friday, members of the Berkshire County Drug Task Force executed yet another search warrant based on information from confidential informants that Patrick Knight, 32, was selling cocaine, crystal methamphetamine, and heroin from Vosburgh's apartment.

The 5:20 a.m. raid turned up 18 bags of heroin and additional unpackaged heroin totaling about 2.4 grams believed to be in Knight's possession. The street value of the heroin seized was estimated to be nearly $1,000. Police also found a variety of dealer paraphernalia, including scales, according to a police report filed by North Adams Police Det. Mark Bailey.

Vosburgh was allegedly found to be in possession of two crack pipes covered in residue and a prescription drug that he had not been prescribed.

Ernest Stanek, who was also arrested in the raid, allegedly was in possession of a crack pipe.

Knight pleaded not guilty in Northern Berkshire District Court on Friday to class A drug possession, conspiracy to violate drug law, and class E drug possession.

Judge Paul Vrabel ordered him held on $5,000 cash bail and scheduled him to return to court on July 3.

Vosburgh, 51, pleaded not guilty to charges of class E drug possession, class B drug possession, permitting a nuisance, and conspiracy to violate drug law. He was ordered held on $2,500 cash bail and scheduled to return June 22.

Ryan Murphy, 34, also was charged with being present where heroin is kept. He pleaded not guilty and was released on personal recognizance.

Stanek, 36, admitted to sufficient facts and was found guilty of a single count of class B drug possession. He was sentenced to one day in jail with one day of credit for time already served.

Contact Adam Shanks at 413-344-3979.


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