Holyoke man given 18 months in jail after 2016 drug raid in North Adams
Kevin M. Smith, aka Terrel Williams and Terrell Davis, 21, was present in a Brayton Hill Terrace unit when members of the state police Special Tactics and Operations (STOP) team executed a search warrant at about 4:40 a.m. Dec. 6.
The apartment had been the target of an investigation that had begun about a month earlier.
Smith surrendered to officers who caught him trying to flee via a fire escape.
He admitted to being found with 52 bags of heroin, and there were hundreds more bags of heroin found within the apartment, as well as crack cocaine, a loaded semi-automatic rifle and several boxes of ammunition.
He was originally indicted on weapons and ammunition charges, but those were dismissed by the state.
Also arrested in the raid were Henri Caudle, also of Holyoke, Jessica Trotter, of North Adams, and Troy Fernandez, of Dorchester.
Trotter pleaded guilty in April to drug distribution and conspiracy charges. She was sentenced to serve 142 days of a two-year jail sentence and placed on probation for one year.
Fernandez pleaded guilty to one count of possession of cocaine in June and was given a 45-day jail sentence. The case against Caudle remains open.
Smith pleaded guilty in Berkshire Superior Court on Nov. 21 to one count each of possession of heroin with intent to distribute and possession of cocaine with the intent to distribute and two counts of conspiracy to violate drug laws.
Judge John Agostini ordered him to serve his sentence at the Berkshire Jail and House of Correction. He was given credit for 351 days of time served.
The sentence was the result of an agreed-upon recommendation between Assistant Berkshire District Attorney Joseph Yorlano and Smith's attorney, Richard LeBlanc.
The investigation was conducted by members of the Dalton and North Adams police departments, the Berkshire County Sheriff's Office, state troopers assigned to the District Attorney's Office and members of the Berkshire Law Enforcement Task Force.
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