N.Y. gets 18 days and North Adams man faces charges of letting his apartment be used to sell drugs


NORTH ADAMS >> A New York man wanted by Vermont police on drug charges was sentenced to 18 days in jail on Friday — one day after being arrested in a North Adams raid.

Jeffrey Philpot, 34, of Albany, was in a Bracewell Avenue apartment on Thursday when the Berkshire County Drug Task Force executed a search warrant.

Police allegedly discovered a scale, plastic bags and other evidence of drug distribution, according to an affidavit written by North Adams Police Officer Brad Vivori. Officers also discovered heroin residue on a spoon that was inside a large closet.

Philpot was holding $2,400 in cash in his pocket, which he said was given to him by his mother. Police also discovered a crack pipe with cocaine residue that Philpot allegedly was using.

Police also found a television that was reported stolen from a Church Street residence.

Based on information obtained from confidential informants, police believe the resident, Brandon Martinez, has been allowing dealers to utilize his apartment to sell heroin.

Martinez, 22, allegedly told police that they would not find drugs in his apartment, and that he only sells marijuana to support his heroin addiction.

Philpot pleaded guilty in Northern Berkshire District Court to single counts of receiving stolen property under $250 and class B drug possession, subsequent offense. He was sentenced to 18 days in jail.

A third charge, fugitive from justice, was not resolved; Philpot is wanted in Bennington on heroin distribution charges.

Martinez pleaded not guilty to single counts of class A drug possession, class B drug possession, and permitting a nuisance.

He was released on personal recognizance and is scheduled to appear on Oct. 3 for a pretrial hearing.

Contact Adam Shanks at 413-496-6376.


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