Heroin dealing nets 2 years for North Adams man


NORTH ADAMS -- A city man has been sentenced to two years in jail after admitting to dealing heroin.

Michael Richard, 32, of Union Street, was arrested July 1 after being tracked through the West End by state police as he allegedly dealt heroin, according to police. Then, on July 10, he was one of three arrested during a Berkshire County Drug Task Force raid at the Willows Motel in Williamstown.

Richard, who was known by the nickname "Hambone," was a heroin addict and dealt out of his father’s Union Street apartment while he was at work, according to police reports. His first July arrest was achieved through information given to police by a confidential informant, according to the accompanying report. He was caught with two bundles, or 20 bags, of heroin in a backpack.

In the July 10 raid, Richard and two others were allegedly selling heroin from the Main Street motel room, according to police. Inside the room, police found 60 bags of heroin and more than $700 in cash.

Richard pleaded guilty on Friday in the first case to class A drug possession, possession to distribute a class A drug, and conspiracy to violate drug law. In the second case, Richard pleaded guilty to possession to distribute a Class A drug and conspiracy to violate drug law.

He was sentenced to two years in the Berkshire County Jail & House of Correction.

Brittany Gadek, 22, of Concord Avenue, Holyoke, also was arrested in the hotel bust. She pleaded guilty in Northern Berkshire District Court on Friday to charges of Class A drug possession to distribute and conspiracy to violate drug law. She was sentenced six months in jail.

Luis Luna Silva, 23, of Willow Dell, North Adams, also is facing charges in the hotel bust. That case is pending.

In an unrelated case, Richard was found guilty on Friday of leaving the scene of property damage. He was accused of striking a parked car while driving in April.


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