Notorious North County heroin dealer pleads to more drug, weapons charges


This story has been modified to remove any connection to another convicted North County drug dealer with a similar name, who was tied to the death of a North Adams man in 2014. The Eagle regrets the error.

PITTSFIELD >> A North Berkshire heroin dealer will be sentenced to up to eight years in prison for trafficking and weapons charges from a 2012 investigation.

Emmet I. "Lefty" Harvin, 40, of New Ashford, accepted a plea deal in the case on Friday. The sentence will be imposed on June 3.

Police had observed a dealer take money from an informant to purchase drugs and, after having done so, was stopped by police. That dealer admitted to purchasing 250 bags of heroin and identified Harvin as the man from whom he bought them.

Police obtained a search warrant for Harvin's motel room and vehicle and found 308 oxycodone tablets, weighing about 40 grams, 80 grams of cocaine, a pair of loaded handguns, and about $3,200 in cash, some of which was marked money used by investigators for drug purchases during the investigation.

At the time of his arrest, authorities estimated the street value of the drugs found at about $20,000.

Assistant Berkshire District Attorney Richard Locke said Friday scales and other dealer paraphernalia was found during the search that was consistent with a drug-selling operation.

Judge John Agostini accepted the agreed-upon plea recommendation between Locke and defense attorney Jill Sheldon.

Harvin pleaded guilty to one count each of trafficking in cocaine, trafficking in oxycodone, distribution of heroin (second offense), conspiracy to violate drug laws, possession of a firearm with prior violent crimes or serious drug offenses and two counts each of illegal possession of a firearm, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony and improper storage of a firearm.

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

Contact Bob Dunn at 413-496-6249.


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