North Adams drug sting lands Springfield man in jail


PITTSFIELD — Marked bills and a scale covered in drug residue netted a Springfield man 15 months in jail.

Joevany Santiago, 25, was arrested April 15 after members of the Berkshire County Drug Task Force executed a search warrant at a North Adams apartment.

The apartment had become a target in an ongoing investigation after authorities suspected the occupant was allowing drug dealers to use it to conduct business.

Investigators had orchestrated a series of controlled drug purchases at the apartment and used pre-marked money to do so.

Police executed the warrant and found evidence of a crack cocaine distribution inside, including multiple cellphones, scales and other dealer paraphernalia.

One of the scales was covered in residue that tested positive as cocaine.

Santiago was present at the time of the search and arrested under suspicion of having been using the apartment for a period of time to sell drugs.

Santiago was carrying $547 in cash, $160 of which had been marked by investigators for their controlled purchases.

Santiago's arrest triggered a violation of probation in Hampden County, a matter he is expected to address there in the near future.

He pleaded guilty in Berkshire Superior Court on Wednesday to a single count of manufacturing cocaine. The plea was part of a deal struck between Assistant Berkshire District Attorney Joseph Yorlano and Santiago's attorney, Joshua Hochberg.

Yorlano said the evidence showed Santiago was packaging and re-packaging cocaine for sale in the apartment.

Judge John Agostini sentenced Santiago to 15 months in the Hampden County House of Correction.

The investigation was conducted by members of the North Adams Police Department, Berkshire County Sheriff's Office, state troopers assigned to the District Attorney's Office and members of the Berkshire Law Enforcement Task Force.

Contact Bob Dunn at 413-496-6249.


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