Pittsfield man faces drug, weapon charges after Lenox traffic stop


LENOX -- A Pittsfield man faces is due in Southern Berkshire District Court this week following his weekend arrest on drug, weapon and motor vehicle charges, Lenox police said.

Joseph P. Tulgan, 22, of Holmes Road, was pulled over on Crystal Street in Lenox Dale on Saturday afternoon by officers Robert Fuore and Eric Kirby for having an expired registration, according to a Lenox police report.

Fuore ordered Tulgan out of the vehicle and handcuffed him after the suspect said he had a loaded handgun in a bag in the rear seat. Tulgan also produced a license to carry.

After Tulgan said that there was marijuana in the same bag, Fuore, also assisted by Officer William Colvin, located the drug -- contained in two Mason jars -- as well as digital scales and a large knife. The suspect acknowledged that he had an illegal Percoset pill in the vehicle and had taken another one three hours before his arrest, police said.

Fuore also discovered and confiscated a bundle of cash, totaling $1,080, as well as a separate bag containing money and store receipts, which was returned to Tulgan.

The police report quoted Tulgan as stating the money was in the car for the store he owns and that he had the scales "to make sure he does not get ripped off when buying marijuana." The suspect was cooperative during the booking process, the report added.

Tulgan is co-owner of Berkshire General Store at 75 North St., formerly New Berry Place, in the Central Block building in downtown Pittsfield. It offers a variety of convenience items, as well as local products, crafts and CDs by local musicians.

He was charged with having a loaded .38 caliber handgun in his vehicle not under his direct control, a felony. He also was charged with possessing a class B narcotic (Percoset) and possession with intent to distribute a class D drug (marijuana), and driving with a suspended license, all misdemeanors.

He was released into his own custody on Saturday evening pending an appearance in Southern Berkshire District Court on Thursday.

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