Drugs, handgun discovered during traffic stop in Pittsfield


PITTSFIELD -- Pittsfield police netted oxycodone pills, cocaine, marijuana and a stolen handgun during a motor vehicle stop Tuesday.

Sgt. Marc Strout of the Pittsfield Police Department called the suspect, Robert Ryan, 31, of Pittsfield, a "known drug dealer," who was stopped as part of "an ongoing investigation" into opiate distribution in the county.

Police detained Ryan on Dalton Avenue near the Dunkin' Donuts sometime after 1 p.m.

During a subsequent search of Ryan's 2009 Toyota Avalon, police said they found 197 30 mg Percocet pills, one gram of cocaine, 250 grams of marijuana and a Smith & Wesson 9mm handgun.

"The handgun he had on him was reported stolen from a house in Pittsfield in 2013," Strout said.

The pills and marijuana taken from Ryan had respective street values of $6,000 and $1,800, Strout said.

According to Strout, the arrest capped a two-month long investigation into Ryan's drug activities.

As of Tuesday night, Ryan was being held at Berkshire County Jail & House of Correction on $25,000 bail. He is scheduled to be arraigned today in Central Berkshire District Court.

Last July, Pittsfield police arrested Ryan in the parking lot of the Walmart on Hubbard Avenue while he was in possession of Suboxone pills and marijuana.

That arrest resulted after an April incident where Ryan allegedly used a baseball bat to beat a car and then turned it on his girlfriend, hitting her in the hand, according to the charges. Before that arrest, an informer tipped police off to Ryan's location. Those charges are still pending.

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