Springfield trio face drug, weapons charges after Pittsfield traffic stop

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PITTSFIELD — Three Springfield men — two brothers and an alleged accomplice — were arrested in the city Wednesday after police found dozens of bags of heroin and a loaded handgun in their vehicle.

Jason T. Batchelor, 18, Quamel Batchelor, 21, and Akeem S. Anderson, 22, are being held on drug and weapons charges.

The arrests came as the result of information investigators had received information about a drug dealer from the Springfield area selling large amounts of heroin and crack cocaine in Pittsfield.

The dealer, known as "RJ," and his associates typically stay in the Pittsfield area for a few days before returning to Springfield to resupply.

Police were able to identify Jason Batchelor as "RJ," and determined that he drives a blue 2000 BMW.

Police learned Jason Batchelor and his associates would be returning to Pittsfield from Springfield on Jan. 31, and received a warrant to search the vehicle and any of its occupants.

After staking out the Massachusetts Turnpike exit in Lee, police followed the BMW as it came off the ramp and traveled into Pittsfield.

The car stopped at a Woodlawn Avenue address, and police moved in and placed all the occupants into custody.

A loaded .45 caliber handgun was found in the trunk along with 52 bags of heroin. All three occupants denied ownership of the gun and drugs.

All three men entered not guilty pleas in Central Berkshire District Court on Thursday to charges of possession of heroin with intent to distribute, illegal possession of a loaded firearm, improper storage of a firearm and conspiracy to violate drug laws.

Anderson also was charged with possession of cocaine with intent to distribute after police found nine bags of crack cocaine in his pocket.

Judge Matthew Shea set a bail of $500 for Jason Batchelor and Anderson; Quamel Batchelor's bail was set at $1,000.

All three are due back in court March 2 for pretrial hearings.

Reach Bob Dunn at bdunn@berkshireeagle.com, at @BobDunn413 on Twitter and 413-496-6249.


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