Pittsfield man pleads guilty in cocaine case, gets 4 years in jail


PITTSFIELD -- A 46-year-old city man who was arrested in a September 2012 police raid was sentenced to four years in jail after pleading guilty on Tuesday to drug charges.

In Berkshire Superior Court, Sadowell L. Hudson pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine with the intent to distribute and conspiracy to violate the drug laws.

His lawyer, Nathaniel K. Green, said that his client wasn't the target of the investigation, was a "small time" dealer with limited employment opportunities due to medical issues, and was cooperative with the police during the raid.

According to Second Assistant District Attorney Robert W. Kinzer III, members of the Berkshire County Drug Task force executed simultaneous warrants on Sept. 19, 2012, at Hudson's Columbus Avenue residence and a home on Linden Street where 39-year-old Yarmi L. Cofield Sr. and teenager Myles T. Handy were also arrested.

Cofield was Hudson's cocaine supplier, said Kinzer.

Police found about four grams of crack cocaine and dealer paraphernalia at Hudson's home, according to the prosecutor. At the other address, police say they turned up an illegal .22-caliber Ruger pistol, 12 grams of crack cocaine, drug-dealing paraphernalia and $8,272 in cash.

According to a police report, Handy was arrested after law enforcement officials found 16 grams of marijuana in his room.

Hudson had been held since his arrest on $5,000 cash or $50,000 bond. On Tuesday, he admitted he had conspired to sell drugs in September 2012 and to possessing cocaine at the time of his arrest.

Judge John Agostini sentenced Hudson to four years at the Berkshire County House of Correction in line with the defense's sentencing request. Kinzer was seeking a three- to four-year state prison sentence. Kinzer said Hudson had previously been convicted on a similar drug charge in 1992, but because he was willing to plead to the charges had the cocaine possession charge reduced to a first offense.

Hudson was credited for 287 days he already spent in jail awaiting the outcome of his case.

In May, Cofield pleaded guilty to charges of second offense possession of cocaine with the intent to distribute and four gun charges, including possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony and was sentenced to between four and five years in prison.

In April, Handy, who was 17 at the time of his arrest, had a charge of possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute continued without a finding of guilt for six months.

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