Pittsfield man called an 'experienced drug dealer' held on $500 bail

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PITTSFIELD >> A Pittsfield man whom police called an "experienced drug dealer" is being held on $500 bail after he was allegedly caught with four individually wrapped bags of crack cocaine in his pocket.

Gregory Thompson, 35, of Memorial Drive, was sitting inside a car at the Cumberland Farms on First Street on Monday evening when he was spotted by Pittsfield Police officers on patrol in an unmarked car.

Thompson, who had a warrant for his arrest on a charge of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, initially misidentified himself to officers, according to a police report filed by Investigator John Mazzeo.

During the arrest, officers allegedly found four bags of crack cocaine in Thompson's front left pocket and $806 in cash inside his front right pocket. Although the report does not indicate the weight of the drug, police say it was packaged for sale and estimated its value to be $500 in Pittsfield.

In his report, Mazzeo said the lack of any user paraphernalia indicates that Thompson intended to sell the drugs, not use them himself.

He pleaded not guilty in Central Berkshire District Court on Tuesday to a single count of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, subsequent offense. He is next scheduled to appear for a pretrial hearing on Dec. 16.


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