Pittsfield men arrested in $20,000 heroin bust post bail


PITTSFIELD — Two Pittsfield men, allegedly caught with more than $20,000 worth of heroin during a traffic stop last Thursday, are both free on bail.

Bail for Derrick LaForest, 33, was set at $25,000 and the driver of the car, Joseph Walker, 42, had bail set at $5,000 at their respective arraignments in Central Berkshire District Court on Friday.

Both bails were paid on later that same day, according to court records.

Walker pleaded not guilty to charges of possession of heroin with intent to distribute (subsequent offense), trafficking in heroin and conspiracy to violate drug laws.

LaForest denied charges of possession of heroin with intent to distribute, trafficking in heroin, conspiracy to violate drug laws, and intimidation of a witness.

LaForest incurred the last charge for allegedly hurling racial and sexual epithets at troopers during booking and threatened to put one "in the ... ground."

A third person in the car, a juvenile female, was charged with trafficking in heroin and conspiracy to violate drug laws.

Information about the status of her case is unavailable due to her age.

According to Massachusetts State Police, troopers on patrol on South Street in Pittsfield spotted a broken brake light on the car Walker was driving about 6 p.m. and attempted to pull it over.

Walker allegedly sped off and traveled several hundred yards before stopping.

A search of the car and the trio recovered 2,020 bags of heroin — worth an estimated $20,000 — and $1,640 in cash.

Walker is due back in court on Feb. 17 for a pre-trial hearing. LaForest's next hearing date is Feb. 23.

Contact Bob Dunn at 413-496-6249.


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