Lee men remain jailed on drug charges


GREAT BARRINGTON -- Two Lee men accused of dealing drugs remain in jail, despite one seeking a quick end to his case and the other requesting a lower bail.

Nathaniel Reilly, 31, and Justin Daley, 25, who allegedly sold heroin and cocaine respectively to confidential informants, were in Southern Berkshire District Court Monday. Originally arraigned on Friday in Pittsfield, their cases were transferred from Central Berkshire District Court where they pleaded not guilty on multiple counts of distribution of illegal narcotics.

Daley also faces charges he twice sold drugs near Lee Middle and High School.

The charges stem from separate drug raids at their Lee residences on Thursday by the Berkshire County Drug Task Force, following an investigation by the Lee Police Department.

During Monday's court proceeding, Reilly asked Judge Philip Beattie to dispense with his case immediately.

"Anyway we can wrap this up today," he said, prior to being awarded a court-appointed lawyer. "I have a violation of probation in Holyoke." Neither defendant was represented by the attorneys they had at Friday's arraignment.

Beattie declined Reilly's request and ordered him to remain in the Berkshire County House Jail on $10,000 cash bail or $100,000 bond pending his next court date, Feb. 24.

Reilly was arrested last summer for possession of cocaine in Holyoke, and he has a long history of court appearances regarding a variety of charges -- some that led to jail time -- dating back to the late 1990s, according to court documents.

The current criminal case against him involves two counts of distributing heroin and possession with intent to sell a class A drug. Reilly was arrested in downtown Lee on Thursday, allegedly carrying 98 small bags of heroin with an estimated street value of $1,470.

Meanwhile, Daley told the court on Monday he plans to hire his own attorney and his parents would be able to post his bail, if it were reduced from the $2,500 cash set last week.

"I can live with them and work for them," he said. Daley currently lives with his parents at 375 Greylock St. and works for the family business, Daley and Sons Trucking.

When Daley was arrested at home last week, police officers supposedly found three syringes, three empty heroin baggies and other drug-related items in his bedroom, according the police report. He was also allegedly found with a small amount of cocaine on his person.

Authorities say Daley twice sold cocaine to a confidential informant in the driveway of his parents home, within 300 feet of Lee Middle and High School, also on Greylock Street.

Daley faces three counts of distributing cocaine, one count of possession to distribute a class B drug and two counts of violating the state's Drug Free School/Park Zone law.

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