North Adams man accused of harboring drug dealers for a second time

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NORTH ADAMS >> For the second time in less than five months, drug investigators raided the West Main Street residence of Kurt Vosburgh on Friday.

This time, Vosburgh, 51, is facing criminal charges.

After gathering information from confidential informants and concerned citizens who alleged that Vosburgh was harboring drug dealers inside his West Main Street apartment, police executed a search warrant there on Dec. 8.

The search turned up a plethora of drug paraphernalia, but no drugs, and Vosburgh avoided criminal charges, according to a probable cause report filed by North Adams Police Det. Mark Bailey.

As they released Vosburgh, police allegedly warned him that they had been watching his house and that informants had made multiple controlled purchases of drugs within his house, and asked that he stop using the residence as a pop-up shop for drug dealers, the report said.

In the following months, police met with more sources who alleged that Vosburgh allegedly continued to allow drug dealers, who would pay him in drugs or money, to set up in his house.

In total, investigators and confidential informants had made at least seven controlled purchases of drugs before raiding the West Main Street house a second time on April 15.

Inside, police allegedly discovered evidence of crack cocaine distribution, including four cellphones, a digital scale, and sandwich baggies. Investigators also found an open box of baking soda and a bag of white powder that tested negative for drugs, but police believe was used as a cutting agent, according to the report.

The digital scale was covered with residue that allegedly tested positive as cocaine.

Officers arrested Joevany Santiago, 25, of Springfield, who they believe was staying in Vosburgh's apartment for several weeks leading up to the raid and selling illegal drugs. Santiago was found in possession of $547 in cash, $160 of it was pre-recorded for the controlled buys by investigators.

Santiago pleaded not guilty in Northern Berkshire District Court on Monday to a single count of distributing cocaine. He was held on $3,500 cash bail and is next scheduled to appear for a pretrial hearing on May 18.

Santiago already was wanted on three warrants that include weapons and drug charges.

Vosburgh faces single counts of class B drug possession and permitting a nuisance. He is expected to be arraigned on Friday.

Contact Adam Shanks at 413-496-6376


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