Pittsfield woman who facilitated drug deals gets probation
PITTSFIELD — A city woman who was caught on surveillance video participating in seven drug deals last May has been sentenced to probation against the wishes of prosecutors.
Gina M. Russo, 22, admitted she was a go-between between an undercover informant and a pair of area drug dealers from whom she purchased drugs with money provided by the informant.
Russo would purchase the drugs then deliver them to the informant. The transactions were captured on a surveillance camera mounted inside the car used to travel to those deals.
Assistant Berkshire District Attorney Gregory Barry recommended a two-year jail sentence followed by two years probation, which he said was "very fair," considering the number of charges and recognition that Russo was not the major source of drugs in the area, but merely facilitated their purchase from dealers.
Russo's attorney, Thomas Donohue recommended a sentence of two years probation, noting Russo's involvement in the drug sales was an attempt to feed her own addiction.
"She's appalled by what she did," Donohue said.
Russo pleaded guilty in Berkshire Superior Court to a total of 14 charges; four counts of distribution of heroin, three counts of distribution of cocaine and seven counts of conspiracy to violate drug laws.
Judge John Agostini sentenced Russo to three years' probation, during which time she must avoid drugs and alcohol and continue with mental health counseling.
The investigation was conducted by members of the Pittsfield Police Department, Berkshire County Sheriff's Office, state troopers assigned to the District Attorney's Office and members of the Berkshire Law Enforcement Task Force.
Contact Bob Dunn at 413-496-6249.
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