Pittsfield man gets up to 4 years for drug dealing


PITTSFIELD — A city man who was caught up in a drug sting operation last year has been sentenced to up to four years in prison.

Jerry U. Colon, Jr., 28, was observed selling cocaine to an unwitting participant on behalf of an undercover informant on three different occasions last May,

The transactions took place on May 12, 13 and 18 in various spots in the city, including parking lots at the Berkshire Mall and the Allendale Shopping Center.

Colon admitted he sold cocaine to the go-between, who paid with cash given to them by the informant who had received it from police as part of the operation.

The sting culminated with a so-called, "buy/bust" operation, in which police made the arrests following the observation of a sale.

Colon was found with several bags of cocaine when he was stopped by police and placed under arrest, according to Assistant Berkshire District Attorney Gregory Barry.

He pleaded guilty in Berkshire Superior Court on Tuesday to four counts of conspiracy to violate drug laws, three counts of distribution of cocaine and one count each of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute and possession of cocaine.

Judge Daniel Ford accepted the agreed-upon sentencing recommendation of two to four years in state prison.

A co-defendant in the case, Nicholas J. Konton pleaded guilty to his charges in February and was sentenced to up to 5 1/2 years in prison.

Gina Russo, of Adams, who allegedly acted as the middleperson between Colon, Konton and the informant, is scheduled for a plea hearing in Berkshire Superior Court on May 12.

Contact Bob Dunn at 413-496-6249.


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