North Adams man faces 2nd drug charge in a month
NORTH ADAMS -- A Washington Avenue man is facing drug possession charges for the second time in a month.
John Casuscelli, Sr., 52, allegedly was found to have two bundles of heroin inside his vehicle on Thursday after he was pulled over near his home for driving with a suspended license, police said.
North Adams Police Detective Mark Bailey, who has investigated Casuscelli in the past, spotted him driving on Ashland Street, according to a criminal complaint filed by North Adams Police Officer Albert Zoito. Bailey notified Zoito that Casuscelli was likely driving with a suspended license.
Zoito stopped Casuscelli on Washington Avenue, where he had pulled into a parking lot. After Casuscelli was arrested for driving with a suspended license, police contacted the owner of the car and received consent to search it, according to Zoito. They allegedly discovered two bundles, or 20 bags, of heroin in the vehicle's ash tray.
Casuscelli pleaded not guilty in Northern Berkshire District Court on Tuesday to charges of heroin possession and operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license, subsequent offense. He was released on personal recognizance.
On June 17, Casuscelli was arrested by state police after they allegedly witnessed him sell a man two Percocet pills for $24 at the corner of Washington Avenue and Church Street, according to a criminal complaint filed by North Adams Police Officer Christopher Gelinas.
In that case, Casuscelli was charged with possession to distribute a class B drug and conspiracy to violate drug law. He was released on personal recognizance.
Both of Casuscelli's cases were continued to Sept. 17, 2014. He is represented by attorney Dean Manuel.