Pittsfield Police: Three arrests made in oxycodone trafficking operation
PITTSFIELD -- Police say they broke up an oxycodone trafficking operation, arresting three men and confiscating more than 400 oxycodone pills, a gun, and several thousand dollars in cash.
Nisheen Davis, 40, with addresses given in both Pittsfield and the Bronx, N.Y.; Gerald A. Ramos, 59, of the Bronx; and Nathaniel Robinson, 43, of Queens, N.Y., all pleaded guilty to the charges against them.
A Berkshire County Drug Task Force probable cause report states that a confidential informant told police there would be a drug deal going down involving Ramos and Davis on Wednesday. Ramos was stopped by police on his way into Pittsfield; he was arrested after police found 410 oxycodone pills in his SUV. Robinson was a passenger in the vehicle, said police.
Meanwhile, Davis was arrested near the Big Y on West Street. His residence on Memorial Drive was also raided. There, police said they turned up an illegal .22-caliber pistol, ammunition and $7,037 in cash.
On Thursday in Central Berkshire District Court, Judge Charles W. Groce III revoked Davis' bail on an open drug case. Davis can be held for 60 days without bail and then must pay $5,000 bail in order to be released after that time.
David pleaded not guilty to three felony and two misdemeanor drug- and gun-related charges.
Davis, represented by attorney Marc C. Vincelette Sr., has an open Berkshire Superior Court Case scheduled to go to trial in July. In that case, he is facing two counts of distribution of oxycodone as a second offense and conspiracy to violate the drug laws.
Ramos pleaded not guilty to conspiracy to violate the drug laws and distribution of oxycodone. Assistant Berkshire District Attorney Richard M. Locke asked that Ramos be held on $1 million bail bond, telling the court that Ramos' only connection to the area was that "he sells drugs here."
Ramos' attorney, Michelle Mechta, told the court that her client was a delivery man, has been in Massachusetts for 20 years and had a very minor record.
When Ramos' nephew came to bail him out Wednesday night, said Mechta, the police confiscated the $10,180 he attempted to post for his uncle.
Locke said they had reason to believe the bail money was related to drug dealing. He argued that Ramos was unemployed, as was his son, who he said brought the bail to the Pittsfield Police station.
Mechta said there was no indication that the bail money had any connection to drugs and that no one else in Ramos' family had anything to do with the case.
"It was all the money they had," she told the court.
The judge ordered Ramos held on $50,000 cash or $500,000 bail bond.
Robinson pleaded not guilty to the same charges as Ramos and was released on $200 bail by agreement between the DA's Office and his lawyer, Kenneth G. Warren Jr.
All three defendants are due back in court next month.
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