Pittsfield man gets up to 6 years in prison on drug, weapons charges

PITTSFIELD — "I'm done," Michael Taylor said when police found the 58-year-old in possession of cocaine after being picked up on a warrant last July.

Now, just over one year later, Taylor was sentenced to up to six years in state prison after pleading guilty to drug and weapons charges from two separate 2016 arrests.

Taylor, of Pittsfield, appeared in Berkshire Superior Court Monday afternoon before Judge John Agostini and pleaded guilty to seven charges across the two cases.

In the earlier case, from June 6, Taylor admitted to fleeing from police who were dispatched to a Mohawk Street address amid a report that Taylor was inside, causing a disturbance and refusing to leave.

When police arrived, Taylor had already left the building and was walking away, ignoring officers telling him to stop.

Taylor led the officers on a brief foot chase and was taken into custody after a struggle.

Taylor was found carrying four 5mg and six 30mg oxycodone tablets, two bags of cocaine and had tossed a small bag of heroin during the chase.

In the residence, police found packaging materials as well as cutting agents, consistent with an intent to sell, rather than personal use.

Police estimated Taylor was in possession of $600 worth of cash and drugs in that incident.

Just over a month later, on July 11, 2016, Taylor, who had an outstanding warrant at the time, was spotted about 6:56 p.m. by police conducting a warrant sweep.

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.

When police asked 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."

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

In all, Taylor pleaded to two counts of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute and one count each of possession of oxycodone with intent to distribute, possession of heroin, resisting arrest, illegal possession of a firearm and illegal possession of a loaded firearm.

He was sentenced to four-to-six years, which he will serve at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Cedar Junction. He was given credit for 371 days of time already served in custody.

The investigations were conducted by members of the Pittsfield Police Department.

Reach staff writer Bob Dunn at 413-496-6249 or @BobDunn413 on Twitter.


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