Pittsfield man accused of selling heroin from Lenox motel


LENOX -- A Pittsfield man remained behind bars on Wednesday facing a slew of drug and other charges after officers raided his room at the Econo Lodge on Tuesday morning.

Following a five-day investigation based on leads from an informant, Lenox Police Officers William Colvin and John Willey led a raid on the Pittsfield Road motel and arrested Charles J. Clairmont, 34, previously of Third Street in Pittsfield, in the room where he was staying, according to Police Chief Stephen O'Brien.

The Lenox officers were backed up by members of the Berkshire County Drug Task Force assigned to the Berkshire District Attorney's office and a member of the state police's Violent Fugitive Apprehension Team.

According to O'Brien, Clairmont, who had outstanding arrest warrants from three different courts, had been selling heroin out of the motel room as well as using the drug himself.

During the 9:30 a.m. raid, Clairmont was taken into custody on four previous arrest warrants -- one from Berkshire Superior Court, another from Central Berkshire District Court and two from Southern Berkshire District Court.

The Superior Court warrant was based on a 2009 case alleging charges of conspiracy to violate drug laws. The other warrants were filed for failing to appear for a court hearing and two motor-vehicle charges.

Clairmont was transported to the Lenox police station -- where he had "seizure-like activity" -- and was taken to Berkshire Medical Center before being transferred to the Berkshire House of Correction late Tuesday following an appearance in both Superior Court and District Court in Pittsfield, O'Brien stated.

Clairmont had his right to bail revoked in both courts. He is scheduled to appear in Southern Berkshire District Court on Monday for to be arraigned on charges of possession of a Class E narcotic and failure to appear in court for a pre-trial hearing on July 9, 2012.

Also on Monday, Clairmont is also expected to face new drug-related charges stemming from Tuesday's motel raid, including possession of heroin with the intent to distribute, a felony.

After Clairmont was arrested on the outstanding warrants, officers recovered 60 bags of heroin worth $500 to $600 after searching the defendant and his motel room, according to the police report. Law enforcement authorities also recovered several syringes and drug paraphernalia. The drugs had been acquired in Holyoke, Colvin said..

Clairmont had been staying at the Econo Lodge and the Wagon Wheel Motel during the past two weeks, O'Brien said.

"I would characterize anybody who comes to our local motels to sell drugs as a problem," O'Brien added, "whether they are small-time dealers or dealing in large quantities of illicit drugs."

Eagle reporter Josh Stilts also contributed to this story.


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