Pittsfield man pleads guilty to drug trafficking

Tuesday October 30, 2012

PITTSFIELD -- A 31-year-old man was sentenced to time he’s served awaiting the outcome of his case on Wednesday in Berkshire Superior Court after admitting to dealing cocaine and possessing LSD.

Orlando J. Roberts pleaded guilty to possession with the intent to distribute cocaine, conspiracy to violate the drug laws and possession of LSD.

According to Assistant Berkshire District Attorney Gregory Barry, Roberts was arrested on Feb. 4, 2010, after members of the Berkshire County Drug Task Force raided a Robbins Avenue residence where Roberts and Ouma K. Alexander, 32, were living.

Barry told the court that police found 31 grams of cocaine and a stash of LSD in Alexander’s room and a drug scale with cocaine residue in Roberts’ room during the raid. They also found several thousand dollars in cash and other drug-dealing paraphernalia in the common rooms of the apartment, he said.

According to Barry, Roberts was cooperative with police.

Roberts pleaded to lesser charges than he had originally been facing and also had a charge of a drug violation in a park zone dismissed at the request of the Berkshire District Attorney’s office. Roberts agreed to forfeit a little more than $1,300 taken by police in the raid.

Judge John A. Agostini gave Roberts a 190-day sentence in the Berkshire County Jail & House of Correction, but since Roberts had already served the time awaiting the conclusion of his case, he was free to go. The sentence was in line with an agreed-upon plea between the DA’s office and Roberts’ attorney, Jill Sheldon.

Roberts’ codefendant, Alexander, was sentenced to similar charges in March 2011 and is currently serving a a 41Ž2- to six-year sentence at the Massachusetts Correct ional Institution at Cedar Junction.


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