Pittsfield man faces charges of gun, drug possession,


PITTSFIELD — When police asked Michael Taylor to produce a license for the loaded pistol he was allegedly found with, he laughed and said, "You know I don't have one."

Taylor, 57, was arrested on a warrant for larceny, breaking and entering and witness intimidation charges Monday evening.

During an inventory search of his backpack during booking, police found a .380-caliber Bersa semi-automatic pistol with five rounds in the magazine. The weapon was wrapped inside a towel, police said.

Taylor was spotted by police conducting a warrant sweep about 6:56 p.m.

He was taken into custody outside of his West Housatonic Street residence.

A search of Taylor allegedly recovered a plastic bag with 10 smaller bags of cocaine inside, two working cell phones, $505 in cash and a $100 gift card.

When police discovered the contraband, Taylor allegedly said, "I'm done."

Police estimated the value of the drugs between $480-$550.

Taylor pleaded not guilty in Central Berkshire District Court Tuesday before Judge William Rota to illegal possession of a loaded firearm and possession of cocaine with the intent to distribute (subsequent offense).

Taylor was convicted in 2012 of possession of cocaine with the intent to distribute and possession of oxycodone with intent to distribute, according to police.

Rota set his bail at $10,000 in his new case and set a $2,500 bail in his earlier matter.

Taylor is due back in court on July 15 for a pretrial hearing.

Contact Bob Dunn at 413-496-6249.


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