North Adams man arraigned on heroin distribution charges

This story was updated on July 8 to correct an instance in paragraph 4 where Trooper William Scott's name was erroneously interchanged with that of Michael Richard. The story was updated to reflect that 20 bags of heroin, not bundles, were found

NORTH ADAMS -- A city man is facing charges of distributing heroin after police allegedly tracked him buying and selling heroin through the West End.

Michael Richard, 32, of Union Street, was arraigned in Northern Berkshire District Court on Wednesday on charges of class A drug distribution, possession of a class A drug with intent to distribute, and conspiracy to violate drug law . He was released on personal recognizance.

In June, police began working with a confidential informant who frequently purchased heroin from Richard, who also goes by the nickname "Hambone," according to a criminal complaint filed by State Trooper William Scott.

Over the last month, the confidential informant made two controlled purchases of heroin from Richard, Scott said. On Wednesday, the informant tipped police off that Richard would be resupplying with heroin.

Officers tracked Richard from his Union Street home to apartments on Greylock Avenue, where they believe he purchased heroin. Later, they observed him allegedly selling heroin in two separate cars.

When they arrested him, police found 20 bags of heroin, used syringes and a small amount of marijuana in Richard's backpack, according to the complaint.

The confidential informant told police that he buys between one and five bags of heroin from Richard at a time, beginning at $15 a bag depending on the quantity.

The case was continued to Aug. 4 for a pretrial conference.

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