Pittsfield man gets time served for 2014 drug charges

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PITTSFIELD — A city man was sentenced Wednesday to time already served after pleading to drug charges stemming from a 2014 bust.

Richard Holliman, 42, had been the target of surveillance by law enforcement who had obtained search warrants for him, his home and vehicle, according to Assistant Berkshire District Attorney Richard Locke.

He was pulled over on Oct. 1, 2014, after he was seen driving from his residence about 5:30 a.m. and making several stops along the way, including at homes and businesses.

Police pulled him over and brought him back to his Hamlin Street address to execute that porion of the search warrant. Officers found bags of crack and powdered cocaine, cash, dealer paraphernalia and 60 100mg morphine pills.

At the time of his arrest, police estimated the street value of the seized cocaine at about $7,000 and the morphine at about $2,000.

Holliman initially was indicted on a charge of trafficking in cocaine, but that was reduced by prosecutors to possession with intent to distribute.

He had been held on bail at the Berkshire Jail and House of Correction since his arrest.

He pleaded guilty in Berkshire Superior Court on Wednesday to charges of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, possession of morphine with intent to distribute and conspiracy to violate drug laws.

Judge John Agostini sentenced him to 609 days incarceration, based on a joint recommendation between Locke and Holliman's attorney, Robert Sullivan.

The investigation was conducted by members of the Pittsfield, Great Barrington, Dalton and North Adams police departments, state troopers assigned to the District Attorney's office and members of the Berkshire Law Enforcement Task Force.

Contact Bob Dunn at 413-496-6249.


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