Split sentence for Pittsfield man on crack cocaine charge


PITTSFIELD >> A city man who attempted to toss about $2,000 worth of cocaine out a window during a police raid received a split sentence on a drug charge Wednesday.

Michael B. Nash, 28, was sentenced to two years in jail, six months of which will be served directly and the balance suspended for one year while he is placed on probation.

During that period, Nash will have to avoid drugs and submit to random screenings.

Members of the Berkshire County Drug Task Force arrived at Nash's residence at about 11:40 p.m. on March 25 to execute a search warrant, according to court documents. Police announced their presence three times with no response before breaking through the door.

In the bag Nash was trying to dispose of, police found a plastic container holding a pair of metal tins.

In one tin, police found 15 individual packages of crack cocaine and one 3-gram piece of crack cocaine; the other held about 2.5 grams of powdered cocaine.

Police estimated the combined street value of the drugs between $1,416 and $2,000.

Nash pleaded guilty Wednesday in Berkshire Superior Court before Judge John Agostini to one count of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute.

The investigation was conducted by members of the North Adams and Dalton Police Departments, Berkshire County Sheriff's Department, 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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