Pittsfield pair had loaded weapon, heroin when arrested

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PITTSFIELD — When city police entered a Circular Avenue home Monday morning searching for two men wanted on warrants, they found a 16-year-old lying on top of a loaded revolver and Jerrel Hall hiding in a closet with hundreds of bags of heroin.

Hall is being held without bail pending a dangerousness hearing later this week. The juvenile is expected to be arraigned in Juvenile Court on Wednesday, according to police.

Both were located while police were investigating the shooting of a Circular Avenue home Sunday evening; neither has been specifically charged in that incident.

About 11 a.m. Monday, Pittsfield Police were continuing their investigation of Sunday's shooting and saw Hall and the juvenile among a group of people sitting behind a Circular Avenue home.

Police confirmed there were warrants out for both men, who had left the area when officers returned to speak with them.

Officers went to Hall's home and spoke with a relative, who said she hadn't seen him in three to four days and granted police permission to enter the house.

The juvenile was found in an upstairs bedroom lying on top of a .22 caliber Colt Frontier Scout revolver with five rounds loaded in the cylinder.

Hall was found in a nearby closet with 228 packages of heroin that had an approximate street value of $2,280, police said.

The revolver's serial number had been defaced and it was not properly stored nor did it have a locking mechanism in place, police said.

In addition to their respective warrants, both men face charges of possession of a Class A drug with intent to distribute, carrying a firearm without a permit, possession of ammunition without a firearms identification card, possession of a firearm used in a felony with a defaced serial number and improper storage of a firearm.

Hall also faces an additional charge of possession of a firearm with a prior violent or drug crime and his charges of drug possession and carrying a firearm without a permit are being considered subsequent offenses, according to court files.

He pleaded not guilty in Central Berkshire District Court on Wednesday before Judge William Rota and was ordered held without bail pending a dangerousness hearing Friday to determine if bail should be set and in what amount.

Contact Bob Dunn at 413-496-6249.


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