Springfield man sentenced to 3 months in Berkshire jail for marijuana possession

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PITTSFIELD - A Springfield man who pleaded guilty to having 20 bags of marijuana during a traffic stop in Lenox has been sentenced to three months in jail.

David Dise, 26, was pulled over for speeding on Route 7 & 20 in Lenox in August. When Lenox police ran his registration, his license came back suspended.

Police searched the trunk of the rented car after allegedly smelling marijuana. Police uncovered 19 small bags of marijuana, one large bag of it, and a digital scale during the search. The drugs were valued at approximately $250. Police also confiscated two cell phones from Dise and $280 in cash.

Berkshire Assistant District Attorney Dan Hespeler sought a six-month jail sentence at the Berkshire House of Correction citing Dise's prior record for drug possession.

"He is not a probation candidate," Hespeler said.

Dise's attorney, Harry Conklin, requested probation and said $280 was "not an excessive amount" of money to have. He said his client was working at the time.

Superior Court Judge Fredric Rutberg gave Dise a sentence of 90 days in jail and he was taken into custody inside the courtroom.

To reach Nathan Mayberg: nmayberg@berkshireeagle.com or (413) 496-6243.


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