Raid nets arrest of Pittsfield man suspected of dealing crack

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PITTSFIELD >> A raid on Friday morning led to the arrest of a city man on a drug trafficking charge and the seizure of about $3,600 worth of crack cocaine.

Corey Hanger, 36, was the target of an investigation by the Pittsfield Police Drug Unit and the Berkshire County Drug Task Force.

Investigators believe Hanger was using his Dewey Avenue home as a "base of operations," for a drug-dealing enterprise.

Officers with a warrant entered Hanger's unlocked home about 9:40 a.m. after knocking and announcing their presence several times, according to court records.

Hanger was found in the apartment and placed into custody without incident while the search was conducted.

He declined to speak with officers, according to a probable cause statement written by Pittsfield Police Investigator Andrew J. Couture.

Hanger allegedly was found with $235 in cash and about 2.8 grams of crack cocaine on him.

A search of the home recovered alleged dealer paraphernalia and packaging material including bags, a scale with white residue and multiple cellphones.

In a bedroom closet, police found a bag containing about 35.6 grams of crack cocaine, according to Couture's report.

Hanger pleaded not guilty in Central Berkshire District Court on Friday to a lone count of trafficking in cocaine between 18 and 36 grams.

Assistant Berkshire District Attorney Andrew Giarolo asked Judge William Rota to consider holding Hanger on $10,000 bail based on the seriousness of the charge and his "fairly extensive" criminal record.

Attorney Shannon Plumb said $10,000 was "completely out of the realm of possibility" for he and his family and friends to raise.

Plumb said Hanger has significant family ties in the area and is not a flight risk. She suggested a bail between $300 and $500 would be sufficient to ensure his return to court.

Rota set Hanger's bail at $2,500 and gave him a pretrial hearing date of July 8.

Contact Bob Dunn at 413-496-6249.


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