Pittsfield man held after raid finds $14K in cocaine, weapon, ammo


PITTSFIELD >> A city man was ordered held on $50,000 bail after a Berkshire County Drug Task Force raid recovered more than $14,000 worth of cocaine along with a weapon and ammunition at his home.

Jose E. Navarrete, 40, was arrested Thursday after police found about 146 grams of cocaine along with dealer paraphernalia when they searched his Wellington Avenue residence, according to court files.

Police also recovered five rounds of .38 caliber ammunition and a handgun during the search and said Navarrete has no firearms identification card or license to carry a weapon in Massachusetts.

Officers detained Navarrete who, after being read his rights, said he wanted to speak with an attorney, immediately ending any police interview at the scene.

Along with the drugs, gun and ammo, police found $3,780 in cash, plastic baggies, glassware and sifting devices, a scale and other items believed to be used in the packaging and distribution of cocaine, police said. Police said $120 of the cash was marked by investigators and used in controlled purchases of drugs.

Police estimated the street value of the cocaine at $14,600.

Navarrete pleaded not guilty in Central Berkshire District Court on Friday to charges of cocaine trafficking between 100 and 200 grams, possession of a firearm without a firearms identification card, unlawful possession of a firearm by someone convicted of a serious drug offense, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony and possession of ammunition without a firearms identification card and being an armed career felon.

According to court files, Navarrete was convicted in New York in 2001 after pleading guilty to a charge of criminal sale of a controlled substance.

Judge William Rota ordered him back to court on Dec. 11.

Contact Bob Dunn at 413-496-6249.


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