Pittsfield man suspected of dealing crack out on $5,000 bail

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PITTSFIELD — A city man suspected of dealing crack cocaine is out on $5,000 bail after pleading not guilty to drug and weapons charges.

Anthony "Dollar" Robertson, 35, had been the target of a Berkshire County Drug Task Force investigation into crack cocaine sales since early August.

The investigation involved police surveillance, tips from confidential informants and controlled purchases of cocaine from Robertson using marked money.

After receiving a warrant on Aug. 25, task force officers watched Robertson leave his Dalton Avenue apartment and get into the passenger seat of a vehicle, according to court documents.

Officers tailed the vehicle until it reached the intersection of Appleton Avenue and East Street, when police blocked its progress by parking one unmarked vehicle in front of it while another was directly behind it.

Robertson ignored officers orders to show his hands and "sat still and took puffs of a lit cigarette," police said. One trooper drew his Taser and pointed it at Robertson, who eventually complied and showed his hands, but ignored multiple orders to exit the car.

Police resorted to removing Robertson from the vehicle by force.

At that point, Robertson told police his neck was injured and officers saw he was wearing a brace. Police said in their report that none of the officers had noted the brace earlier, likely because it was partially covered by Robertson's long hair.

Robertson was later evaluated at Berkshire Medical Center to check whether any pre-existing injury had been aggravated by the arrest. The results of those tests were not available.

A search of the car and Robertson recovered several cellphones, a bottle with nine oxycodone tablets and $1,300 cash, including a $20 bill that had previously been marked and used during a controlled purchase of cocaine, police said. In the apartment, officers found a digital scale with cocaine residue, a Colt .45 caliber handgun and three rounds of .45 caliber ammunition.

Robertson pleaded not guilty in Berkshire Superior Court on Monday to charges of possession of cocaine with the intent to distribute (second offense), being an armed career felon, illegal possession of a large capacity magazine, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, resisting arrest, illegal ownership of a firearm, possession of ammunition without a firearms identification card and improper storage of a firearm.

Robertson has an open charge of failure to register as a sex offender out of New York, according to court files.

He also was arrested in Connecticut in November 2015 in connection with a nonfatal shooting of a Pittsfield man, but those charges were later dismissed.

He was released on $5,000 bail already posted during his Aug. 28 District Court arraignment, and scheduled to return for a pretrial hearing May 9.

Bob Dunn can be reached at bdunn@berkshireeagle.com, at @BobDunn413 on Twitter and 413-496-6249.


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