Fine, time served for Pittsfield man caught with heroin

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PITTSFIELD — A city man was "in the wrong place at the wrong time" when he was found with 92 bags of heroin last year, prosecutors said.

Matthew King was ordered to pay a fine after admitting to a heroin possession charge Wednesday.

King, 34, was spotted by police attempting to buy drugs from a suspect being surveilled by the Berkshire County Drug Task Force on Oct. 9, 2015.

Police pulled King over and he admitted he'd come to the area to buy drugs, but wasn't able to because the other suspect left before finishing the sale.

King told police he had a capped needle in his pocket and that there were drugs in the car.

Assistant Berkshire District Attorney Joseph Yorlano said police found 92 bags of heroin inside the vehicle.

King pleaded guilty to one count of possession of heroin in Berkshire Superior Court.

Yorlano asked Judge John Agostini to consider sentencing King to one year of probation, based on his limited criminal record.

Yorlano said the year of supervision would give King the incentive to remain clean and to receive help.

King's attorney, Jennifer Tyne, recommended a sentence of five days already served in custody.

Tyne said while the state's offer was, "reasonable," King has already been participating in the same counseling and drug testing he'd likely be required to while on probation.

Tyne said adding a condition of probation for King at a time when he's already clean and in counseling could be disruptive and place an additional strain on him and his family.

Agostini agreed giving King probation at this point may be disruptive and ordered him to pay a $250 fine.

The investigation was conducted by members of the Pittsfield Police Department, the Berkshire County Sheriff's Office, state troopers assigned to the District Attorney's Office and members of the Berkshire Law Enforcement Task Force.

Contact Bob Dunn at 413-496-6249.


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