Pittsfield man charged after police say he tried to flush cocaine

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PITTSFIELD — A city man allegedly tried to flush a bag of cocaine down a toilet during a Tuesday morning raid of his apartment.

Dante J. Spratling, 31, had been the subject of an investigation by the Pittsfield Police Drug Unit, which believed he was using his Daniels Avenue apartment as a base of operations for drug dealing.

Police executed a search warrant about 8:40 a.m. Tuesday.

Police found Spratling in bed and took him into custody. He declined to speak with police, according to the criminal complaint in the case.

After being given permission to use the bathroom, police saw Spratling try to flush a bag down the toilet.

That bag contained eight smaller bags of cocaine, police said, with an unofficial weight of about 7.6 grams, which includes packaging.

During a search of the apartment, police found evidence including two bags containing psilocybin mushrooms, a scale, dealer paraphernalia, four cell phones, and two strips of suboxone.

Police estimated the value of the drugs at about $760.

Spratling pleaded not guilty in Central Berkshire District Court Tuesday before Judge William Rota to charges of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute and possession of a Class C drug (the psilocybin mushrooms).

Both counts are being charged as subsequent offenses, due to a prior conviction of heroin distribution in 2014, according to police.

Rota set a $500 bail for Spratling and gave him a pretrial hearing date of Sept. 8.

Contact Bob Dun at 413-496-6249.


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