Pittsfield man sentenced to two years on gun, drug charges


PITTSFIELD -- Jarvis Chadwell, 30, of Robbins Avenue, who pleaded guilty to having an unlicensed handgun and illegal drugs in a traffic stop last year, was sentenced to two years in the Berkshire County Jail and House of Correction, by Judge Fredric Rutberg last week.

The city man was a passenger in a vehicle that was pulled over by Pittsfield police in December for alleged traffic violations. An officer asked Chadwell to step out of the vehicle after allegedly smelling marijuana. Chadwell offered up a bag of marijuana to the officer at the time. A further search of Chadwell uncovered approximately $180 worth of crack cocaine and an estimated $120 worth of marijuana in plastic bags.

After asking the driver of the vehicle to step out for a search, police allegedly found a loaded .25 caliber Lorcin handgun in her purse. Chadwell took responsibility for the weapon.

Chadwell was charged with being in a possession of a firearm without a license, his second offense for such a charge. He also was charged with being in possession of ammunition without a license, possession of cocaine and marijuana.

Chadwell, who had been free on $1,000 bail, pleaded guilty to the gun and drug charges on Friday and was remanded to jail by Rutberg based on a sentence agreed upon by the Berkshire District Attorney’s Office.

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