Pittsfield man pleads guilty to being armed career felon

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PITTSFIELD — A city man who previously served time for dealing drugs has been sentenced to up to five years in prison for having about 150 rounds of ammunition for which he was not licensed.

Joseph N. Wiggins, Jr., 39, was arrested last May after the ammunition was discovered in a raid of his home, which police suspected was being used as a base of operations for drug distribution, according to Assistant Berkshire District Attorney Robert Royce.

The search the Berkshire Law Enforcement Task Force recovered three boxes of ammunition, which Wiggins said belonged to him, but for which he did not have a required firearms identification card.

Wiggins pleaded guilty in Berkshire Superior Court on Tuesday to charges of possession of ammunition without a firearms identification card and being an armed career felon.

He incurred the career armed felon charge based off of a 2003 distribution of cocaine charge to which he pleaded guilty in 2005.

Judge John Agostini sentenced him to four to five years in state prison after accepting the agreed-upon plea recommendation between Royce and Wiggins' attorney, Nathaniel K. Green.

Agostini allowed the imposition of the sentence to be stayed until June 2.

Once imposed, Wiggins will serve his sentence at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Cedar Junction.

The investigation was conducted by members of the Pittsfield Police Department, Berkshire County Sheriff's Office, 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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