Probation for North Adams man twice arrested for drugs


NORTH ADAMS — A city man arrested on drug charges twice in a matter of months has been sentenced to 18 months' probation.

Matthew Schilling, 46, admitted in Northern Berkshire District Court on Friday to sufficient facts against him on Friday and was found guilty of drug possession charges.

Schilling was stopped by state police on June 29 for failing to make a safe lane change on Route 2 and subsequently failed field sobriety tests, according to a probable cause report written by Trooper Christopher Lapointe. Inside the vehicle, police allegedly found a container holding 11 pills, a second container holding six pills, a knife covered in white residue, and a pipe with burnt residue.

Schilling was arrested at the scene — his second arrest on drug charges in just over four months.

He was stopped in February by North Adams Police after driving a 2012 Honda Ridgeline to a suspected drug house on Church Street. A search of the vehicle turned up heroin, crack cocaine and diazepam and lorazepam.

Police had investigated Schilling based on information obtained from confidential informants, according to an affidavit written by North Adams Police Officer Detective Sgt. Mark Bailey.

On the morning of Feb. 16, police tailed Schilling as he drove through the city and eventually confronted Schilling and his passenger after he stopped on Church Street.

Schilling quickly admitted there was crack cocaine under the driver's seat. A K-9 unit then uncovered approximately two grams of heroin, 15 pills including diazepam and lorazepam, and a debit card bearing Schilling's name inside a small tin container in the vehicle's center console. A black backpack on the rear seat contained approximately two grams of crack cocaine, a gram of heroin, 14 more pills, and Schilling's wallet, according to the police report.

In total, police seized about 2.5 grams of crack cocaine with a street value of about $250, three grams of heroin worth about $450, and 29 pills believed to be worth about $290

In the June case, Schilling admitted to sufficient facts and was found guilty of operating under the influence of drugs and a single count of class B drug possession. He was sentenced to a year of probation, during which he must continue treatment and remain drug and alcohol free. Two counts of class E drug possession were dismissed upon the request of the commonwealth and Schilling was found not responsible for a marked lanes violation and failing to signal.

In the February case, Schilling admitted to sufficient facts and was found guilty on a single count of possession to distribute a class A drug. He was sentenced to 18 months of probation. Charges of possession to distribute a class B drug and possession to distribute a class C drug were continued without a finding until March 2, 2018.

The sentences will run concurrently.

Contact Adam Shanks at 413-496-6376


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