Pittsfield woman sentenced to four years following police raid


PITTSFIELD -- A city woman is serving up to four years in prison in connection with a police raid of her residence that turned up cocaine and heroin.

On the morning of Sept. 4, the Pittsfield Police and members of the Berkshire County Drug Task Force executed a search warrant at the White Terrace home of Annette Z. Matta, 25, and Wilselino Salgado Jr., 26, turning up 22.5 grams of crack cocaine with a street value of $2,500; 16 packets of heroin, a small amount of phencyclidine (PCP) laced marijuana, and drug-dealing paraphernalia, according to a probable cause report.

Police said they had previously made controlled drug buys at their residence.

At the time of the raid Salgado told investigators Matta had nothing to do with the drugs, which were located in her purse, police said.

On Wednesday in Berk-shire Superior Court, Matta was sentenced by Judge John A. Agostini to at least 2 1/2 and no more than 4 years in state prison.

She pleaded guilty to possession of heroin and cocaine with the intent to distribute on Monday as part of a plea deal between Assistant Berkshire District Attorney Richard M. Locke and Matta's attorney, Tho-mas J. Donohue Jr. A charge of possession of PCP was dismissed at the request of the DA's Office.

She was also allowed to plead to a lesser offense, having originally been charged with trafficking in cocaine.

Matta had been out on $2,500 cash bail during the pendency of her case.

In October, Salgado pleaded guilty to single counts of felony possession of cocaine and heroin with the intent to distribute and misdemeanor possession of PCP in Central Berkshire District Court. He was sentenced to 18 months at the Berkshire County Jail and House of Correction.

As part of his plea agreement, a charge of cocaine trafficking was reduced to possession with the intent to distribute.

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