NYC man to serve up to 5 years for drug-dealing charges


PITTSFIELD -- A New York City man who led police on a high-speed chase will be spending up to five years in prison on drug-dealing charges.

On the evening of Feb. 21, Ariel Camacho, 28, led North Adams Police on a chase through that city, nearly causing an accident after failing to yield at the intersection of Miner and Union streets, and reaching speeds of 70 mph, according to a probable cause report.

Camacho eventually pulled over and fled on foot before being taken into custody. Two others, Grace M. Stanley, 25, and 31-year-old Charles E. Crisp III, both of North Adams, were also arrested.

The chase began when officers responded to Walmart on Curran Highway for a report that Crisp had been trespassing there and had fled in a green 2006 Pontiac Grand Prix.

Inside the car, police said they found 125 small bags and one large bag of crack cocaine, two bags of heroin, and 41 oxycodone pills.

On Thursday in Berkshire Superior Court, both Camacho and Stanley pleaded guilty to drug charges.

Camacho appeared with attorney Richard D. LeBlanc and pleaded guilty to single counts of trafficking in oxycodone, cocaine distribution, possession of heroin, reckless operation of a motor vehicle, resisting arrest and furnishing a false name to a police officer. He additionally pleaded guilty to two counts of conspiracy to violate the drug laws.

Originally charged as a subsequent offender, as part of the plea deal between Assistant Berkshire District Attorney Gregory Barry and LeBlanc, Camacho was allowed to plead to the lesser charge of cocaine distribution as a first offense. Charges of being present where heroin is kept, failing to stop for police, and driving without a license were dropped at the request of the DA’s Office.

Judge John A. Agostini sentenced Camacho to at least three years and no more than five years in state prison in line with the joint recommendation.

Stanley was originally charged with trafficking in oxycodone (18 to 36 grams) and cocaine distribution as a subsequent offense. On Thursday, she was allowed to plead to lesser charges of possession of oxycodone and cocaine. She also pleaded guilty to possession of heroin and being present where heroin is kept. Two counts of conspiracy to violate the drug laws were dismissed at the request of the DA’s Office.

She was represented by attorney Raymond J. Jacoub.

Agostini sentenced Stanley to time served, the 32 days she spent in jail unable to make bail and awaiting the outcome of the case.

Earlier this month, Crisp pleaded guilty to possession of heroin and was sentenced to seven months in jail.

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