Pittsfield man found guilty of drug charges

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PITTSFIELD >> Jurors took about 2 1/2 hours to convict a city man on narcotics charges Thursday.

Jose Liriano-Vasquez will learn what punishment will be doled out to him at a sentencing hearing scheduled Monday morning in Berkshire Superior Court.

Liriano-Vasquez, 30, is being held without bail until then,

He was convicted of one count each of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute and one count of possession of heroin. He was acquitted of a charge of possession of ammunition without a firearms identification card.

Police had to resort to the use of a battering ram to gain access to his Harvard Street apartment on June 18, 2015 during the execution of a search warrant.

The door was secured with several locks, including a heavy-duty bolt, according to police.

Once inside, police recovered a bag with approximately 3.7 grams of cocaine and a bag of heroin stashed inside a box of noodles inside a kitchen cabinet, according to the police report associated with the case.

Investigators also found packaging materials, a scale and other dealer paraphernalia.

The case was heard before Judge John Agostini.

The investigation was conducted by members of the Pittsfield, Dalton, Lanesborough, Adams, North Adams and Great Barrington Police departments, the Berkshire County Sheriff's Department, state troopers assigned to the District Attorney's Office, members of the Berkshire Law Enforcement Task Force and members of the Massachusetts State Police STOP team.

Contact Bob Dunn at 413-496-6249.


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