Hinsdale man gets up to 5 years on five drug charges


PITTSFIELD -- A convicted drug dealer arrested in 2010 in connection with a large-scale police wiretap investigation pleaded guilty on Friday to five charges and was sentenced to up to five years in state prison.

Michael L. Paris, 42, of Hinsdale, was one of about two dozen suspects arrested by members of the Berkshire Drug Task Force during an investigation that began in 2009 into drug dealing in central and northern Berkshire County.

When Paris was arrested on April 15, 2010, he was in possession of cocaine, suboxone, marijuana and illegal steroids, along with drug dealing paraphernalia, according to police and prosecutors. He also conspired to sell cocaine and marijuana between December 2009 and April 2010, police said.

He was caught on tape discussing drug deals with another man, 35-year-old Richard B. Carnevale Jr., of Pittsfield, according to investigators at the time.

Paris has previously served a decade in state prison on similar charges.

Following a number of delays and the appointment of a new lawyer, Paris pleaded guilty on Friday in Berkshire Superior Court to single counts of second-offense possession of cocaine, marijuana, suboxone and steroids with the intent to distribute and two counts of conspiracy to violate the state's drug laws.

Judge Daniel A. Ford sentenced Paris to at least four years and a maximum of five years in state prison. The sentence was in line with a joint agreement between Assistant Berkshire District Attorney Richard M. Locke and Paris' attorney, Marc C. Vincelette Sr.

Carnevale is currently serving a five- to eight-year state prison sentence at the Massachusetts State Correctional Institution in Gardner.

This article has been corrected to reflect the sentence is up to 5 years in prison, not six.


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