Drugs, ammo found in stuffed animals in raid on Pittsfield home; man arrested


PITTSFIELD — A raid on a suspected drug operation on Thursday yielded heroin and ammunition hidden inside stuffed animals, and thousands of dollars of cash, according to police.

Devon Fitts, 33, of Pittsfield, was arrested in the raid at 27 Montgomery Ave., which police say he used as a "base of operation" for the storage, packaging and distribution of crack cocaine.

About 9:45 a.m. Thursday, members of the Berkshire County Drug Task Force executed a search warrant at the home. Investigators recovered $5,135 in cash from a safe inside what is believed to be Fitts' bedroom, a bag of heroin in another safe in the same room, a digital scale with residue, 13 rounds of .22 caliber ammunition and 18 rounds of .357 ammunition hidden inside of a stuffed animal in the attic. They also found 18 bags of heroin, also secreted inside a stuffed animal in the attic, paraphernalia hidden inside a speaker, two bags of crack cocaine inside a kitchen drawer, a larger bag of crack cocaine, weighing approximately 6.8 grams and other alleged dealer paraphernalia.

The street value of the crack cocaine was estimated at about $800 and the value of the recovered heroin at about $190.

Police also found four cellphones, two of which were phones for which investigators were granted warrants.

Fitts pleaded not guilty in Central Berkshire District Court on Friday to charges of possession of heroin with intent to distribute and possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, both subsequent offenses and possession of ammunition without a firearms identification card.

In arguing for bail Friday afternoon, Fitts' attorney, Ryan Smith, said the residence that was searched wasn't Fitts', there was no direct evidence linking him to drugs allegedly found in the home and cash found in a safe was a tax refund belonging to the actual resident, with bank statements to corroborate that claim.

Judge William Rota revoked his bail for allegedly violating his probation on a 2015 false insurance claim case and set $10,000 bail on his new charges.

He is due back in court on April 20 for a pretrial hearing.

Contact Bob Dunn at 413-496-6249.


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