North Adams man facing multiple drug charges


NORTH ADAMS -- A city man faces multiple drug charges after he allegedly showed up uninvited at a Briggs Street home Monday night, possibly looking for money he was owed for painkillers.

Residents at the home called police at about 9:30 p.m. when they spotted an unfamiliar truck parked out front and a man walking around their property and shining a flashlight into their windows. The man, later identified as 31-year-old Daniel Smith, of Hawthorne Avenue, was pulled over by police nearby.

With guns drawn, officers fought to arrest Smith, who resisted, according to a criminal complaint filed by North Adams Police Officer Benjamin Austin

Smith was arraigned in Northern Berkshire District Court on Wednesday on charges of possession to distribute a class B drug, class B drug possession, class C drug possession, possession of ammunition without a firearm identification card, and disturbing the peace. He posted $2,500 bail.

After his arrest, police found one and one-half oxymorphone pills in Smith's sock, a jar of hash oil in his pants, and 14 suboxone strips in his wallet. He was also carrying $2,491 in cash. In a search of his vehicle, Officers found unlicensed ammunition in Smith's car, but no weapon, according to the report. Smith told police that the bullets did not belong to him.

One of the three occupants of the home later told police that her husband, who was not there at the time, may have purchased painkillers from Smith in the past and owed him money, according to the report. She stated that her husband suffered a back injury in 2000, sparking an addiction to painkillers.


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