Pittsfield woman gets year in jail for dealing heroin


PITTSFIELD - A woman arrested in a drug raid in March has been sentenced to a year in jail after admitting that she was dealing heroin.

Stephanie Bullett, 28, and Christopher Harrington, 35, were arrested during the execution of a "no knock" warrant at their Glenwood Avenue residence in Pittsfield on March 26, according to the Berkshire County Drug Task Force. Police said they found 40 bags of heroin and more than $1,400 in cash in various areas inside the house.

Harrington and Bullet told police they both used heroin, that they sold the drugs to support their habit and purchased between 100 and 200 bags in Holyoke "almost daily," according to Assistant Berkshire District Attorney Laila Atta.

Police said there had been controlled buys from the couple using a confidential informant.

Bullett pleaded guilty in Berkshire Superior Court on Tuesday to single counts of possession of heroin with the intent to distribute and conspiracy to possess heroin with the intent to distribute.

Her attorney, Thomas J. Donohue Jr., asked that his client be sentenced to 18 months in jail with one year to be served along with drug rehabilitation and the rest of the jail sentence suspended for a year, during which time she would be on probation.

"I don't think we're going to see her back in court," he said.

Atta asked for the same amount of jail time, but with two years of probation.

The prosecutor said the added probation time would help motivate the defendant to stay off drugs.

Judge John A. Agostini sentenced Bullett in line with the prosecution's request.

She already has served 98 days at the Berkshire County Jail & House of Correction awaiting the conclusion of her case and unable to make $5,000 cash bail.

Harrington's case remains pending.

The investigation was conducted by members of the Pittsfield Police Department and the Berkshire County Drug Task Force.

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