Second arrest for man accused of dealing heroin in North Adams


NORTH ADAMS — A Connecticut man believed to be funneling heroin into North Adams is being held without bail after being arrested for the second time since December.

Brian Ducksworth, 24, was arrested on Tuesday for allegedly setting up a heroin distribution center in North Adams. He allegedly had more than 100 bags of heroin.

While out on bail after the December arrest, police received information from multiple confidential informants that Ducksworth was distributing heroin in the city, according to a probable cause report filed by North Adams Police Officer Joshua Zustra.

As was the case in his previous arrest, Ducksworth, of Hartford, allegedly set up his distribution center in young woman's local apartment, this time on West Shaft Road. Ducksworth also allegedly sold heroin from a man's State Street apartment, police said.

With a warrant, police monitored Ducksworth's phone to determine his location and waited until he was at the State Street residence. When officers raided the apartment about 9:10 p.m., he was not present, but they did find his backpack containing 103 bags of heroin and a bag of cash totaling $1,960, according to the report.

In a search of the West Shaft Road apartment, police allegedly found more evidence of drug use and distribution.

Ducksworth was first arrested after a Dec. 15 raid on a Jackson Street residence, which resulted in the seizure of approximately 3.9 grams of heroin, police said. Duckworth had allegedly thrown the heroin into a bathtub as officers made entry into the apartment.

Ducksworth had been investigated for selling bags of heroin stamped "K.O.D," which was believed to have led directly to four overdose deaths. He was indicted in Berkshire Superior Court on a charge of heroin possession with intent to distribute in January, but had posted bail. The case remains open.

He pleaded not guilty in Northern Berkshire District Court on Wednesday to single counts of class A drug possession with intent to distribute and conspiracy to violate drug laws.

His bail on Berkshire Superior Court charges stemming from the December arrest was revoked for 90 days by Judge Paul Vrabel. He is next scheduled to appear in court on Aug. 29 for a pretrial hearing.

Two other people also are facing charges in the raid.

Chelsea Kelly, 23, of West Shaft Road, pleaded not guilty to a single count of conspiracy to violate drug law. She is next scheduled to appear in court on Sept. 30 for a pretrial hearing.

Shawn Wood, who allegedly allowed Duckworth to sell from his State Street apartment, also will face charges, according to the report.

Contact Adam Shanks at 413-496-6376.


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