Pittsfield woman gets 2 years in jail on heroin charges


PITTSFIELD -- A city woman has been sentenced to two years and a day in jail after admitting to her role in a heroin operation run out of her home.

Judith E. Luczynski, 58, was arrested during a raid on her Appleton Avenue home on Feb. 27 by the Berkshire County Drug Task Force and Pittsfield Police.

The police were acting on a tip that Charles Katz, 49, also of Pittsfield, would be bringing heroin to the residence after purchasing the drugs in Holyoke, according to a police report.

Katz was followed by police and seen going into Luczynski’s house and was arrested as he left. Police say they recovered a total of 162 bags of heroin from Katz’s person and from inside the home.

Luczynski was charged with possession with the intent to distribute heroin and violation within a drug-free school zone.

Police said they found a bottle of Lorazepam, used to treat anxiety disorders, prescribed to another person and $416 in cash on Katz. He was charged with six offenses, including heroin distribution.

Also inside the home were David Marshall, 48, and Jeffrey Renzi, 39, both of Pittsfield, and Jennifer Baumert, 35, of Adams. They also were arrested.

Marshall was charged with four offenses, including distribution of Lorazepam, for allegedly trading the pills with Katz for heroin. Baumert and Renzi were charged with being present where heroin is kept.

Luczynski, appearing with attorney Marc C. Vincelette, pleaded guilty in Berkshire Superior Court, on Wednesday and was sentenced by Judge John A. Agostini to two years and a day at the Berkshire County Jail & House of Correction.

She was given credit for 126 days spent in jail awaiting the outcome of the case and unable to make the $2,500 cash bail.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant Berkshire District Attorney Gregory Barry.

In April, Baumert pleaded to sufficient facts for a finding of guilt in Central Berkshire District Court and had her case continued without a finding of guilt until next April.

The cases against Renzi, Marshall and Katz remain pending, according to court records. They have denied the charges.

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