Lee men face drug charges after raids at their homes
LEE -- Two Lee men accused of selling heroin and cocaine -- one supposedly near the town’s public schools -- are being held on bail following their arraignment on Friday.
Justin Daley, 25, and Nathaniel Reilly, 31, were arraigned separately in Central Berkshire District Court on Friday on multiple counts of distributing cocaine and heroin and possession within intent to sell the drugs. Daley was also charged with violating the state’s Drug Free School Zone law.
Around 3 p.m. on Thursday, local police assisted the Berkshire County Drug Task Force in executing search warrants at 140 Paul Dr. and 375 Greylock St., the respective homes of Reilly and Daley, according to the Lee Police Department. The Daley residence is a short distance from Lee Middle and High School at 300 Greylock St. and Lee Elementary School, which sits on a hill behind the secondary school.
The warrants were issued after completion of an investigation led by Lee police officer Ryan Lucy.
During the course of the investigation, both men sold narcotics to confidential informants, according to the probable cause reports. Reilly was arrested in downtown Lee and found to be in possession of approximately 80 bags of heroin with a street value of $1,200.
Daley, was arrested at his home and had a small quantity of cocaine, according to police. According to the police report, Daley claimed "it was baking soda."
"One of the field tests came out that it was negative [for cocaine]," said Daley’s attorney, David Cafarelli.
Daley allegedly sold cocaine on two separate occasions to the informant in his parent’s driveway on Greylock Street, near the schools.
Reilly, charged with two counts of distributing heroin and possession with intent to sell a class A drug, was ordered held on $10,000 cash bail. Daley, charged with three counts of distributing a class B drug, possession to distribute a class B drug, and violating drug law near a school, was kept on $2,500 cash bail.
The Berkshire District Attorney’s office sought a $15,000 cash bail for Reilly, citing conversations he had with the undercover informant in which he allegedly said he was considering fleeing from other open charges in Superior Court.
"Thinking about going on the run and going on the run are two different things," said William Barry, Reilly’s court-appointed attorney.
The confidential informant is willing to testify in both cases, according to the police reports. Both cases will be heard in Southern Berkshire District Court on Monday.
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