Four suspects arrested in Pittsfield drug bust


PITTSFIELD — A quartet of suspects, three from Pittsfield and one from New York, are facing drug and weapons charges following their arrest during a raid of their Fenn Street home.

James Pierson, 21, of Springside Avenue, Amber Bassett, 21, and Richard Smith, 25, both of Fenn Street, Pittsfield and Randall Fisher, 27 of the Bronx, entered not guilty pleas in Central Berkshire District Court on Wednesday to at least six charges each.

About 9:35 p.m. Tuesday, members of the Berkshire County Drug Task Force executed a search warrant at 341 Fenn St., believed to be the base of operations for crack cocaine distribution run by Bassett and Smith.

Police announced their presence and entered the building and ordered all four suspects on to the ground and placed them into custody.

The search recovered about 7.1 grams of crack cocaine with an estimated street value between $946 and $1,775, a loaded .22 caliber pistol with a defaced serial number, a stun gun, about $2,000 cash, eight cellphones, a digital scale and other alleged dealer paraphernalia, according to police.

Pierson was arraigned on charges of possession of crack cocaine with intent to distribute, possession of a loaded firearm without a license, possession of a firearm with a defaced serial number during the commission of a felony, commission of a felony while armed, improper firearms storage and conspiracy to violate drug laws and had bail set by Judge Paul Smyth at $2,000.

Fisher faces the same six charges and had bail set by Smyth at $500.

Smith and Bassett were arraigned later in the day before Judge William Rota on the same charges as their co-defendants, with an additional charge each of possession of an electrical weapon and an additional charge for Smith of possession of heroin with intent to distribute.

Rota set bail for Bassett and Smith at $1,000 and $25,000, respectively.

Bassett, Fisher and Pierson are due back in court on Feb. 5 and Smith is scheduled to return on Jan. 15.

Contact Bob Dunn at 413-496-6249.


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